Police in Lagos State have arrested one Chukwuma Njoku for allegedly stabbing his businessman brother, Uchenna Njoku, to death during an altercation over a N3,000 debt at the deceased’s home in the Odokekere region of the Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
According to sources, Chukwu paid a visit to his older brother on April 2nd. The deceased asked his brother to pay him the N3,000 he owed him during the visit. However, this soon devolved into a squabble and, finally, a serious brawl. Pleas from the deceased’s pregnant wife for them to avoid battling were ignored. She dashed outside to summon the neighbors to prevent them from fighting.
Unfortunately, Chukwuma had pulled out a knife and reportedly stabbed his sister in the stomach before she returned.
Alex Ogbu, a relative of the brothers, said:
“It was in my house that Uchenna stayed when he first got to Lagos before he started his life. What we gathered was that around 10pm on Friday, April 2, 2021, Chukwuma visited Uchenna to greet him and during the visit, Uchenna demanded the N3,000 Chukwuma owed him.
Uchenna insisted that Chukwuma would not leave his house until he had paid the money. So, they started arguing, but Chukwuma told Uchenna that he also owed him N2,000 and that his balance was N1,000.
In the process, they fought from Uchenna’s apartment till they got to the compound, where Chukwuma stabbed Uchenna in the stomach with a knife. Uchenna’s wife, who is pregnant, was with them when they were threatening to kill each other; she left to call a neighbour and returned to see that Chukwuma had stabbed Uchenna in the stomach. He fell to the ground and started bleeding. Bloodstains are still at the scene of the fight.”
The state police command’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the suspect’s arrest and said he would be brought to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and prosecution once the investigation is completed.
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