Electrician Accused Of Stealing Phone Kills Witness In Ogun State
Electrician Accused Of Stealing Phone Kills Witness, Arrested By The Police
An electrician accused of stealing a phone and killing the witness has been arrested by policemen from the Agbado Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Omonijo Sunday.
According to Punch Metro, Farooq Olusegun, 18, student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, was stabbed to death by the suspect, Israel Oluranti. It’s understood they attended a birthday party on Moshood Amao Street, Jafar, Ope-Ilu, Ogun State, with their respective friends on Christmas Eve. It’s gathered the two groups sat side-by-side at the event. However, around 1am while the party was still rocking, one Lekan, a dancer and Olusegun’s friend, went to the stage to entertain the gathering. He had hurriedly dropped his Lenovo phone with somebody while going on stage but failed to recognize the person he had given his phone to when he returned to his seat.
While Lekan was searching for his mobile phone, Olusegun claimed that he saw Oluranti collect it. This was denied by the suspect and it led to an altercation between him and the deceased. A certain Damilola Rotimi, said to be a close friend of the victim, said he was sleeping when some people from the event knocked on his door around 3am and informed him of the chaos. He said:
“On getting to the party, the phone had been found on him (Oluranti) upon Farooq’s (Olusegun) insistence. As people chided him, he became violent, smashed the bottle of the beer that he was drinking on his own head and attempted to stab Lekan.
“Lekan dodged the attack, but he stabbed Farooq in the chest and fled with his friends. One of our friends, Tobi, went after him and he was caught. Tobi was injured while trying to apprehend him.
“At the party, we looked for a car or motorcycle to take Farooq to a hospital without success.
“It was the brother of the host that helped us to get a wheelbarrow which we used to take him to a health centre around the venue. The health centre referred him to a private hospital, Osana. When we got there, they said the doctor was not around. We took him to Noble Hospital, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
“We are childhood friends. He was supposed to resume at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, in January.”
According to Olusegun’s uncle, Kolawole Abiola, his graduation from a vocational centre as a photographer was slated for next month. He said the family was devastated by the incident. He added:
“He wanted to study Business Administration at The Polytechnic Ibadan. He was living in a detached apartment in his parents’ compound. Somebody came to wake him up that night to attend the party. The parents were shocked when they were informed us about his death in the morning.”
Meanwhile, Oluranti, 21, a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State, denied stealing the phone claiming that it was one, Sunday who killed Olusegun. He said:
“I was going to buy food around 11pm on Sunday when I saw Egbon (brother) KB. He said he had been looking for me so we could attend a Christmas Eve party together.
“While we were there with Sunday, Lekan and his friends came and they sat beside us. We drank and had fun.
“When Lekan was going on stage to dance, he did not know who he gave his phone to. He came back and started looking for his phone. I told KB that I wanted to go home and he stood up to see me off.
“Farooq pointed at somebody, accusing him of stealing the phone, but his friends thought he meant KB. I cautioned them as they wanted to attack KB. They beat me up and KB smashed a bottle on the floor. Farooq (Olusegun) also did the same and stabbed me in the head. Sunday stabbed Farooq.
“As his friends tried to attack us, I smashed a bottle. KB and Sunday ran away. I did not know about the stolen phone. The phone was eventually found on a friend of Lekan.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, for further investigation. He said:
“Trouble started when an argument ensued over a missing phone and the deceased accused the suspect of being in possession of the phone. This infuriated the suspect consequent upon which he took one of the beer bottles around, broke it and stabbed the deceased in the chest.
“The victim was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital, but gave up the ghost before reaching there. One Kolawole Abiola lodged a complaint at the Agbado Police Division and the suspect was arrested. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the transfer of the case to the Homicide Section of the SCIID.”
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Crime: Electrician Accused Of Stealing Phone Kills Witness
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