By Bartholomew Madukwe
LAGOS—An 18-year-old boy, Benjamin Sunday, has been charged before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for allegedly stabbing his senior in school, Mayowa Akinoye, whose corpse was found on the decking of a building.
The defendant, who lives at No. 4 Haruna Street, Ifako area of Lagos, was alleged to have stabbed Akinoye with a broken bottle during a fight, after both of them returned from Africa Shrine.
According to a statement allegedly made by the accused to the police: “The problem started on Friday 31/05/2013 at Africa Shrine. When I was leaving at 5am, I saw Mayowa Akinoye (deceased) who was my senior in school with six girls. They were also at the shrine and about to go as well. So we all left.
“One of Mayowa’s girls started abusing me and I also abused her. Instead of Mayowa to ask the girl to stop abusing me, he shouted at me and I refused to stop as well. The next thing, Mayowa gave me a blow and we started a fight.”
The teenager (Sunday), who looked unperturbed as he stood in the accused dock, is facing a count charge of murder.
State counsel, Mr Akin George, informed the court that the offence was contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
After listening to the witness, Justice Ipaye adjourned the case to November 19 for continuation of trial.