Abdulrahman Olayiwola, the son of the Chief Imam of the Isale Oja area of Agege, Lagos State, has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force after he allegedly stabbed his friend, simply identified as Pelumi, to death.
The incident happened recently as Olayiwola was said to have picked a piece of a broken bottle and stabbed Pelumi to death after both friends argued over a phone purportedly stolen by the latter.
It was learnt that the deceased had handed the phone over to the suspect for safekeeping, and the argument began when the latter allegedly refused to hand over the item when asked by the former.
The case was reported at the Isokoko Police Station and the suspect was arrested, while Pelumi’s corpse was deposited in the mortuary for autopsy, a resident told the Punch.
“Pelumi gave Abdulrahman a stolen phone to keep for him and when he came back to collect it, his friend refused to give him the phone. It was Abdulrahman’s sister and Pelumi’s girlfriend, who brought out the phone from where her brother kept it and handed it over to Pelumi.
“This led to an argument between them and some residents of the area settled the matter between them, but another fight broke out between the two friends the following day and Abdulrahman stabbed Pelumi in the neck with a piece of broken bottle.
“Pelumi’s corpse was brought to the house of the chief Imam. The chairman of the community, who was notified of the incident, ensured that Abdulrahman was arrested and the corpse of the victim was deposited in the morgue,” the resident said.
Bala Elkana, the state Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, said two other suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.
He said: “I can confirm the story; Abdulrahman is not the only one in custody, two other suspects were arrested in connection with the fight. Investigation is ongoing,” he stated.
Speaking on the possible release of the suspect, Elkana said, “If the chief Imam’s son had a hand in the death of the victim and he has a case to answer, he will be charged; and if he has no case, then he will be released and that is why an investigation is important to find out what happened.
“We are investigating the incident and the investigation will reveal who killed the deceased and we are also waiting for the autopsy report.”