There was pandemonium in Olodi Apapa, Lagos State when a 21-year-old man, Ogadima Nkwaha allegedly slit the throat of his childhood friend, John Effiong while they were fighting over a phone after gambling.
The Lagos State Police Command disclosed that the suspect had won more than N60,000 from the victim while they gambled and in his bid to recoup his losses, the deceased reportedly wagered his handset on Kumuyi Street.
Trouble however started when the deceased refused to part with the phone, which started an argument between the duo.
Nkwaha was said to have slit Effiong’s throat with a broken bottle during the process and he was rushed to a private hospital where he eventually died.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a resident said the incident happened around 5pm on Sunday.
He said: “The two guys were childhood friends and they rarely fight. But their undoing was their love for gambling.
“They had gambled that day with money and Effiong lost more than N60,000 to Nkwaha. He thought he could still have a chance, so he decided to bet with his handset. However, his friend won again.
“He refused to release the phone to him and that was how they started arguing. Nkwaha said he must release the phone since he lost the bet, but Effiong refused.
“Nkwaha went inside the room and broke a bottle. Effiong pushed him and he stabbed him in the throat with the broken bottle.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that Effiong’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.
She said, “We have a case involving one Ogadima Nkwaha, who allegedly stabbed one Effiong on the neck with a broken bottle during a fight between them.
“The victim’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy, while the suspect is in custody.”
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