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Man stabbed to death over Chelsea/Man City match

Two suspects identified as Kayode Ogunwa
and Oluwa Femi, are currently cooling their
heels at the State Criminal Investigation
Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos,
following the stabbing to death of a hotel
attendant, identified as Mr. Otumala Ukama
Benson, a 32-year-old, a native of Benue
State, over a misunderstanding during
penultimate Sunday English Premiership
League, EPL, clash between Chelsea and Manchester City football clubs.

The incident happened at one of the
popular hotels (name withheld), along
Isheri- LASU- Igando Road, near Diamond
Estate. The two suspects were promptly
arrested and detained in a cell at the Area
‘M’ Police Command, Idimu, and are now
facing murder charge in connection with
the incident.
According to a police source, the suspects
reside at Diamond Estate, opposite the hotel
and drove there to watch the match.

On the fateful day, the hotel, it was
gathered, was filled to capacity and some
customers who wanted to buy drinks
could not get chairs to sit.
Customers seeking to buy drinks
This prompted the late Ben to ask those
watching the match without buying drinks
to get up and allow those willing to buy
drinks to be seated.
The suspects who did
not buy drinks refused to vacate their
chairs and this resulted in an argument
between them and the late Ben. The
argument later degenerated into a brawl
during which one of the suspects ran to the
car and brought a knife with which he
stabbed Ben in the neck.

The hotel attendant, investigations revealed,
bled to death from his wound before he
could be rushed to the Igando General
Hospital. His body was later deposited at
the Ikeja General Hospital mortuary for
autopsy. The “Area M” Command, later
transferred the case to SCID, Panti, Yaba,
for further investigation.

An eyewitness, who is also one of the
managers in the hotel, narrated the ugly
incident to Vanguard Metro thus: “Ben was
carrying out the instruction of the
management that anyone who was not buying drinks should not use the Executive
bar but could make use of the general bar.

So Ben approached a group of guys, who
were just occupying the sofa, and asked
them to kindly vacate the place as there
were many stranded guests outside who
were ready to buy drinks.
“I learnt that this infuriated one of the guys
who went after Ben for daring to ask him
get up from his seat. He dealt some blows
on Ben and in defense Ben pushed him away and took to his heels sensing that the
clash might degenerate into a serious fight.
But the guy in anger smashed a glass door
with his foot and in the process sustained
injury on the leg with blood dripping from
the cut.

Blood drips from injury
“A guy from the group seeing blood
dripping from his friend’s leg went straight
to his Honda car with number plate FKJ 436
AH, and emerged with a sharp knife. I tried
to stop him but he threatened to stab me if
I did not move away. I could see the
determination to kill in his eyes, so I quickly
stepped aside thinking Ben was still in
hiding but not knowing that he had
“Ben was being held by the other members
of the group who were asking him how
their friend got his leg wound. At that point
Ben was backing the guy with the knife and
the guy went straight for Ben’s neck,
stabbing him so deep that blood started
gushing out like tap water.

Ben screamed immediately, holding his
neck and trying vainly to staunch the flow
of blood. Failing to stop the bleeding, he ran
outside the gate seeking for help. At this
stage, the guy who stabbed him, realising
the gravity of his crime, started saying he
didn’t mean to stab Ben so deep.
“I ran after Ben and soon caught up with
him; but he slumped into my hands,
saying, ‘I am going to die’. I assured him
that he would not die as I was taking him
to the hospital. We rushed him to Igando
General Hospital where he was pronounced
Brought In Dead, BID, that is dead on
arrival. The Police were later contacted and
the suspects were arrested and detained.
“We have contacted the families of Ben,
they are on their way to Lagos to pick the
corpse for burial in his home town.”


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