A 29-year-old man, Anthony Ogbogu, has been arrested by the police for allegedly stabbing his neighbour, Jonathan Emeh, a.k.a Bakassi, to death during a fight in the Egbeda area of Lagos State .
The two men who lived in the same compound got into a fight after Ogbogu’s younger sister, identified simply as Loveth blocked the passage leading to the male bathroom as she took her own bath.
The victim was said to have wanted to take a bath but could not enter the male bathroom.
He got so angry that he forcefully pushed open the door in which Loveth was taking a bath.
This led to an argument which further escalated into a fight after Ogbogu was invited to the scene.
Some community leaders reportedly intervened and settled the warring neighbours but Emeh went back for a second fight at a beer parlor where Ogbogu was relaxing over some bottles.
A fresh fight ensued between the duo in the relaxation spot during which Ogbogu reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim on the back.
He was taken to a hospital where he eventually died.
Ogbogu was later arrested after the case was reported to the Gowon Estate Police Station.
He was brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with one count of murder.
The charge read, “That you, Anthony Ogbodu, on December 22, 2014, at about 9.40pm,at Egbeda, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Jonathan Emeh,, a.k.a.Bakassi, aged 30 years, by stabbing him with a kitchen knife on his back and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria,2011”.
Ogbogu was remanded in custody by the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Badejo Okusanya, pending on a legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, adding that the police should duplicate the case file on time.
The case was adjourned for further hearing until Wednesday, March 11, 2015.