A drunk commercial motorcycle operator, popularly called ‘Okadaman’, Damilare Adenuga, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly stabbing his friend, Gbenga Olorunsola, a 32-year-old father of two, to death following a disagreement between them at a drinking joint at Kayfarm Estate, Iju-Ishaga area of the state, Punch reports.
It was gathered that the 28-year-old Adenuga, who also doubled as a guard in the estate, was sacked in May, 2016, due to his cantankerous and unruly behavior, and warned not to enter the estate again, while the deceased worked as an electrician in the same estate.
However, on the day of the incident, Adenuga allegedly sneaked into the estate around 11am and went to a joint to drink with his friends.
Later on, Olorunsola arrived at the joint and reportedly questioned his friend on his reasons for coming into the estate after he had been banned from coming in, advising him to leave.
But the advice got the suspect angry and a deadly fight ensued between them, leading to the death of the victim.
An eyewitness narrated how the incident that led to the tragedy started:
“During their quarrel, Gbenga (Olorunsola) snatched a cup of drink his friend, Adenuga, was holding and poured it on him. Other friends initially thought they were joking with each other.
But they started exchanging words and Gbenga threatened to beat Adenuga up. Before we knew it, Gbenga aimed a punch at Damilare, while Damilare brought out a knife which he used to stab him in the chest.
He fled after the attack, while Gbenga was rushed to the Ifako-Jaiye General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.”
Another resident who identified himself as Kolawole, gave a different account, saying that the deceased had gone to meet the suspect after they had been separated, and told him to leave the estate.
“Adenuga had been warned by the leadership of the estate to stop coming after he was relieved of his duty as a guard. But he has been coming here from time to time because he is an okada rider.
I think there was more between them than the immediate cause of the fight. It was amazing that such a minor disagreement could lead to a fight, let alone death,” Kolawole said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, said Olorunsola’s corpse had been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital’s mortuary, while the suspect has been arrested and is now in custody.
“The CSO of Kayfarm Estate brought the suspect to the station and reported that he stabbed one Gbenga Olorunsola with a knife in his chest over an argument.
The victim was rushed to the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital where he later died. His corpse had been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.”
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