A certain commercial motorcyclist, Denis Nwambam, has been detained for the alleged murder of a tricycle rider, Wasiu Osinowo, in the Matogun area of Ogun State.
Nwambam reportedly stabbed Osinowo to death in a brawl over right of way while they were both plying the road around 11pm on Wednesday.
It was gathered that Nwambam and Osinowo had struggled over right of way, leading to an exchange of words.
Some minutes later, Osinowo was said to have flagged down Nwambam along the road and challenged him to a fight during which the latter stabbed him in the stomach. He reportedly bled to death.
According to reports, the police at the Agbado division were alerted to the incident and the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Kuranga Yero, led a team to the scene to arrest the suspect.
On Thursday, some irritated youths reportedly took Osinowo’s corpse to the police station and demanded that Nwambam be released to them.
A resident, Deji Gabriel, said it took the intervention of some elders in the community to prevail on the protesters.
“The deceased’s friends protested at the station. They brought his corpse and demanded that the suspect should be released to them. It was a community leader called Fatai Asiwaju and others who pacified them. They later left with the corpse”, he told Punch.
Recounting what transpired that night, Nwambam, a 36-year-old father of three, confessed to have stabbed Osinowo but said it was not deliberate.
He said, “The man (Osinowo) and I were coming from the same direction. He was riding a tricycle while I was riding a motorcycle. He nearly hit me and I cautioned him to keep to his lane. We exchanged words and parted ways. I didn’t know he and his friends had gone to lay in ambush for me.
“As I approached the spot where they were, they descended on me and beat me up. I abandoned my bike and fled. They chased me to a bar and I picked up a knife to defend myself. I just held the knife. He wanted to get hold of me when the knife struck him in the stomach. That was what happened.”