Samson Egunje, a 12-year-old boy from the Ikotun area of Lagos State has been accused of killing his friend, Samuel Igbekele. Residents said the suspect, a primary six pupil, had been looking for the victim all day, saying he abused him in the morning and threatening that he would stab him in revenge.
Egunje was said to have stabbed Samuel with a bottle in the neck that evening while Samuel, a primary three pupil was running an errand for a neighbour.
After the attack, the victim reportedly held his neck as he ran across the road in a frantic effort to get to his parents’ house which was a few kilometres away. Samuel, after taking some feeble steps, was said to have collapsed.
A resident, Ibrahim Sulaiman, said he saw him on the floor in a pool of blood that night. The victim’s father, Solomon, a bricklayer, said his landlord’s son alerted him to the incident and he took him for medical treatment. He explained that Samuel was about to eat his dinner on the fateful night when the neighbour sent him on an errand.
“It was not up to five minutes when my landlord’s son ran in and said my son had been stabbed with a bottle.
“I ran there and saw him on the floor. I took him to a nearby hospital and the nurses there did not want to accept him from us, but when the doctor came out and examined him, he certified him dead on arrival,” he said.
The victim’s mother, Mary, told our correspondent that she took Samuel’s corpse to the suspect’s mother’s house. She laid him in front of the house for more than one hour because she momentarily lost her mind.
“Before Samuel died, I asked him who stabbed him and he kept saying ‘Samson, Samson’ before he went silent.
“I asked Samson why he killed my son, and he said Samuel abused him in the morning and he had promised to stab him.”
She said she suspected the suspect’s mother was trying to bury the case, adding that nothing would satisfy her than to see her son get justice.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu confirmed the incident.
He said, “The matter is almost concluded and ready for transfer to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba. Five suspects have been arrested.