A 21-year-old man, Ogadima Nkwaha, is currently cooling his heels in the police net for allegedly slitting the throat of his friend, John Effiong, in Ajegunle, Apapa area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the suspect killed the victim after he refused to release his (Effiong) phone to him.
Nkwaha had allegedly won more than N60,000 from the victim while they gambled.
Effiong, who wanted to recoup his losses, reportedly wagered his handset but unfortunately lost again to Nkwaha.
Punch reports that trouble ensued when the deceased refused to part with the phone, which started an argument between the two men.
In the ensuing brawl, the suspect allegedly slit Effiong’s throat with a broken bottle.
He was rushed to a private hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctors on duty.
An eyewitness said the incident happened around 5pm on Sunday.
He said, “The two guys were childhood friends and they rarely fight. But their undoing was their love for gambling.
“They had gambled that day with money and Effiong lost more than N60,000 to Nkwaha. He thought he could still have a chance, so he decided to bet with his handset. However, his friend won again.
“He refused to release the phone to him and that was how they started arguing. Nkwaha said he must release the phone since he lost the bet, but Effiong refused.
“Nkwaha went inside the room and broke a bottle. Effiong pushed him and he stabbed him in the throat with the broken bottle.”
Another resident, Jide Alawiye, said the men continued with their fight without realising the extent of Effiong’s injury.
“He was taken to a private hospital where he died around 11pm. The case was reported at the Tolu Police Division and the suspect was arrested,” Alawiye added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that Effiong’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.
She said, “We have a case involving one Ogadima Nkwaha, who allegedly stabbed one Effiong on the neck with a broken bottle during a fight between them.
“The victim’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy, while the suspect is in custody.”