A 25-year-old welder, Joshua Adeniyi was on Saturday allegedly stabbed to death by a man suspected to be Fulani in his shop at Sabo area of Orile-Igbon town in Oyo State after a fight broke out at a joint.
Sources said the suspect approached the victim, who just arrived his shop from a naming ceremony and stabbed him in the chest, killing him before escaping from the scene.
One of the brothers of the deceased, Timothy Adegboyega informed journalists that eyewitnesses arrested one of the friends of the suspect when he (suspect) escaped.
Adegboyega said, “I trained Joshua in welding work and after he graduated, he started working with one of my former apprentices who has a shop close to the scene of the incident.
“On Saturday, he attended a naming ceremony and returned to the shop later in the evening. Beside the shop is a joint where youths play game and relax. Some Fulani men also patronise the place. From what we heard, the assailant was not provoked by my brother.
“Those who saw him said he was drunk when he approached my brother and stabbed him in the chest. Joshua died before he could reach the hospital. The killer escaped while people were trying to save the life of my brother, but his friend was apprehended.
“We have had cases of Fulani men fighting people with cutlasses and knives in this area. Anytime they have misunderstanding with our people, they use these weapons to injure our people. They terrorise our farmers in the farms and now they are coming to our town to continue their heinous crime.”
Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, while confirming the incident to DAILY POST through a reply to an SMS sent to him Tuesday evening, however, said that the suspect had been arrested.
He said that the state commissioner of Police had directed the homicide section of the state CID to commence investigation into the murder case.
He said “The suspect has been arrested. The CP has directed the homicide section of the state CID Iyaganku to commence discreet investigation into the murder case.
“The suspect will be charged to court after conclusion of our investigation.”