Though scaffolder, Onuh Thomas Stephen, who allegedly killed his colleague and friend, Anayo Francis, by stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife during a fight over a N7,000 unpaid loan, described himself as someone who does not engage in fights with people, he admitted to have taken a sniff of marijuana before the fisticuffs that led to his friend’s death.
Stephen was arrested by detectives from Sango Division in Ogun State Police Command for stabbing 23-year-old Francis to death because he (Francis) demanded the N7,000 the suspect borrowed from him. After repeated appeals to Stephen to pay him his money, Francis was reportedly infuriated when the suspect refused to do so even after he got his salary.
Sunday Tribune learnt that on the fateful day, Francis had information that Stephen had got his salary, so he went to him to ask for his money, but the suspect insisted he did not have money, resulting in a hot argument which led to a fight. The suspect who was occupying a single room reportedly went for a knife during the fight and stabbed Francis in the chest.
The police spokeswoman, SP Omolola Odutola, who confirmed the case, said the injured victim was rushed to a hospital but was later pronounced dead, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Twenty-eight-year-old Stephen, an Idoma from Benue State, in an interview, told Sunday Tribune of how he came to Ogun State in January 2022 and started doing scaffolding work at a church in Ota.
Narrating what led to the…