A man has been charged by the Lagos State Police Command with fatally stabbing a 23-year-old man with a jackknife at Kara Market in the state’s Ibeju-Lekki neighborhood.
On Thursday, April 6, Bitrus Wurawa, the suspect, was charged with one count of attempted murder before Magistrate P. E. Nwaka.
It was learned that the deceased, Ezekiel Yohana, borrowed N14,000 from the defendant in January with the intention of repaying it in a few weeks but failed to do so despite the defendant’s repeated requests.
They were said to have met at Kara Market before Bitrus asked for his money.
During the confrontation, the deceased reportedly brought out a knife and the defendant snatched the knife from him and stabbed his back and hand.
The victim was taken urgently to Epe General Hospital, where the on-call doctor pronounced him dead.
It was also gathered that the case was reported to the Akodo Police Division from where it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
Thomas Nurudeen, the prosecutor, said in court that the defendant committed the offense on March 8, 2023.
He added that the offense violated Section 222 and was penalized by Section 233 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws of Nigeria, 2015.
The charge read, “That you, Bitrus Wurawa, on March 18, 2023, around 6.23 pm at Kara Market, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did unlawfully killed one Ezekiel Yohana, 23. by stabbing him with a jackknife.”
Nurudeen prayed the court to remand the defendant to the correctional centre pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.
The magistrate, Nwaka, therefore remanded the defendant to the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending legal advice from the DPP.
Nwaka adjourned the case till May 5, 2023.