A 23-year-old commercial motorcycle rider, Jigila Ibrahim, has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly stabbing Talabi Ademola (43) to death with a screw-driver.
Ademola was reported to have been stabbed to death while trying to settle a fight between Ibrahim and a passenger over transportation fare.
Ibrahim, who operates a commercial motorcycle popularly known as ‘okada’, was arraigned before the court on a count charge of murder, an offence which according to the prosecutor, Iyobosa I., is punishable under section 221 of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011.
According to Iyobosa: “On the day of the incident, a passenger hired the accused from Opebi to a Total filling station at Oregun, and they bargained for N200, but on return from the trip the passenger offered the Okada rider N120, instead of the agreed N200 and this resulted in a fight during which the accused (the Okada rider) brought out a screwdriver from his motorcycle and stabbed the deceased who was trying to settle the rift between the okada rider and the passenger, at the left side of the chest.”
Ademola, who was said to have been offloading cement from a truck, was confirmed dead at the Lagos State University Teaching hospital (LASUTH).
The Magistrate, Kemi Doja-Ojo, ordered the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward it to the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice.
The case was later adjourned till February 15 for mention.