A 19-year-old boy, Oluchukwu Anosike, has killed his friend, Nonso Monyasa, 15, during a struggle for a seat.
The incident happened on Sunday at the Abule Egba area of Lagos State. According to PUNCH Oluchukwu and Monyasa were both sales apprentices on Layi Padeola Street, and had been friends for two years when the suspect came to Lagos.
They were said to be fond of each other and usually ate and played together.
However, on the fateful day, the deceased was said to have asked for the seat of the suspect, and after playfully punching his lap, the latter took offence.
The disagreement degenerated to an argument. The Enugu State indigene reportedly punched the 15-year-old in the belly. Less than an hour later, the victim, an indigene of Imo State, reportedly gave up the ghost. Oluchukwu, who was immediately arrested, said he only punched his friend once, adding that it was not the first time they would be having such �playful fights.”
The suspect, while begging for forgiveness, said he never knew his friend would die. He said the deceased came and punched his lap, asking him (Oluchukwu) to release his seat to him (Monyasa). Oluchukwu said he resisted and when he checked his phone in his trousers pocket, it was switched off.
�I told him my phone had developed a fault because of the punch he gave me, but he walked away.
�I went back to my seat and told him the next time he did that, I would beat him up. He said I could not beat him.
�He came and hit me with blows, and I gave him a punch in the stomach. He held his belly and went inside their shop,” he added.
Our correspondent learnt that the victim’s boss, Ejike, took him home when his condition worsened.
It was learnt that about 30 minutes later, the victim was driven back to the shop, where the suspect was also picked up en route to the hospital.
Monyasa was confirmed dead at the hospital.
The police were subsequently alerted and the teenager was arrested.
�We were playing that day. I did not have any intention of killing him,” Oluchukwu said.
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