Ademola Wasiu, a murder suspect, has explained how his friend he had a fight with died. He denied stabbing Lekan Omotosho to death. The 21-year-old bricklayer alleged that it was the victim, in the course of the fight at a site on Lagos Island, that picked a bottle to stab him, adding that during their scuffle, the deceased fell on the splinter and died from the injuries.
Wasiu, an indigene of Osun State, allegedly stabbed the 30-year-old mechanic apprentice to death.
He explained that he fought the deceased after he challenged him for stopping a man from going to sleep on a construction site. “I am a bricklayer and I am a professional at my job. I may be an orphan, but God is my defender. I don’t know anything about the death, I am just being framed up.
“Usually, we all sleep on a construction site and the owner of the building said we should stop sleeping there. I had stopped going there after I got another construction work. But once in a while, I buy noodles and eat there.
“On that night, a man attempted to sleep on the site and I stopped him from going there.
But Omotosho, who saw me, challenged me for stopping the man. He asked why I did not mind my business.
“I slapped him in anger for talking to me anyhow but did not stab him to death and he went to grab a bottle which he smashed on the floor. He fell inside the gutter while we wrestled and got stabbed in the armpit in the process.
“I took him to the first hospital where he was rejected before he was taken to the general hospital where he died. I did my best to save his life. I didn’t kill him and people are free to say whatever they want. I know that God will vindicate me,” he said.
A police source, however, said the suspect was tutored by some cell inmates.
The source said the suspect’s claim was contrary to the confessional statement he made to the police at the Lion Building Division and detectives at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
The suspect was, however, arraigned before an Ebute Metta magistrate’s court on one count of murder on Monday. The charge read: “That you, Ademola Wasiu, on May 26, 2016 at about 10.30 p.m., at Ajele Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, in the Lagos magisterial district, did kill one Olamilekan, aged 30 years, by stabbing him with a broken bottle on his right armpit and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The defendant’s plea was not taken. The police prosecutor, G. Agoi, applied for his remand in prison custody pending the release of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, ruled that he should be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice. The case was adjourned till July 5 for DPP’s advice.