Tragedy struck in Ijegun suburb of Lagos on New Year Day as a father of five, Mr. Olayiwola Stephen, 39, was allegedly stabbed to death by his friend and co-tenant, Mr. Ibrahim Adetunji, during a quarrel.
An eyewitness, Mr. Ademola Adegbola, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that a quarrel started between the two friends when the victim was trying to broker peace between Adetunji’s wife and other tenants in the building.
Adetunji allegedly got angry at the way the deceased was addressing his wife when mediating in the dispute, the eyewitness said.
The eyewitness said that Adetunji, in anger, used a broken bottle to stab the victim.
He said that the incident happened at about noon on January 1 at 66, Lafunke Street, Ijegun.
Another eyewitness, Mr. Sharafa Ogunbisi, said that Stephen was first treated at a nearby hospital from where he was referred to the Ayinke Hospital in Ikeja due to excessive bleeding.
Ogunbisi said that Stephen eventually died on the way to the hospital and his corpse was deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary.
The suspect was detained at the Isheri-Oshun Police Station for further interrogation.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, told NAN that he had yet to be briefed about the incident.
The late Stephen was an indigene of Ilua in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State.
He left behind a wife, Mrs. Fasilat Olayiwola, and five children