Oluwagbemiga Shogbola, a 30-year-old man, has reportedly killed his friend over ‘$150 (N61,950) proceeds of a business deal between them in the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to reports, Shogbola, also known as Oja or Federal stabbed to death his friend, Victor Olabiyo, who he accused of cheating him and taking all the money they realized from the business deal to himself.
The PUNCH Metro reported that some of the friends of both the suspect and the victim who were there when the heated argument started, attempted to stop them but to no avail, as the disagreement degenerated into a serious fight between them.
However, around 8pm on Tuesday, Shogbola was said to have posted a picture of Olabiyo on his WhatsApp status with a tag, ‘RIP’.
Around 11pm, the suspect, who is now in detention at the state police command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, reportedly stabbed the victim to death.
One of the deceased’s friend, Onyemaechi Onwuzuribe, while speaking about the incident, noted that Shogbola was given a hot chase as he attempted to board a motorcycle to flee the scene, but the motorcyclists turned down hid request for ride after he saw the bloodstain on his shirt.
He, however, raced to the Ilishan-Remo Police Station, where he handed himself over to the police.
In his words:
“Federal was bloodied and I saw him running away though I did not know that he had stabbed Victor (Olabiyo). I knew that they fought earlier that morning over $150 and as soon as I saw him running, I sensed that he must have done something.
“I grabbed him and just as I did, I saw people running after him and crying that he had stabbed Victor to death. That was when I and others tried to hold him, but he escaped and went to the police. If the boys had caught him, they would have lynched him.”
Also speaking about the incident, Adebowale Opasanya, the victim’s brother, said the deceased was a professional fashion designer. He added that the incident was shocking because the two friends were close and visited each other often.
“Victor’s death was shocking to us. I am dazed that his friend, Federal, was the one who killed him just because of $150. I had warned him about some of his friends, but I never thought Federal would do this, he said.
“We heard that Federal ran to Ilishan from Ifo due to something of this nature; he was accused of killing in that area as well,” he added.
According to a police source, the suspect was confirmed to be a suspected Internet fraudster and it was also gathered that the remains of the deceased have been deposited in the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He noted that the suspect had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
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