The suspect was said to have confessed to police detectives that he killed the victim, adding that he acted in self-defence.Sabitu, a primary school dropout, told our correspondent that he was a victim of bad companionship.
“We have known each other for about three years now. I am a vulcaniser, and he worked in a hotel. We lived within the same community. He used to drink a lot and he introduced me to a lot of bad things, like the tattoo in my arm.“He had stolen a woman’s phone and I saw him when he took it, but I didn’t say anything. He went and used the phone to borrow money from one of his friends in the area.“The owner of the phone, who had been looking for it, later saw it in the man’s hand and picked a fight. The man then explained how he came about the phone.“The owner of the phone took it back, and Sheu was ordered to return the money he borrowed from the man.“He was angry and thought I was the one that exposed him. He came to meet me where I was and started punching me; I had to fight back. I only gave him a punch before he slumped to the ground.”
“After searching several hospitals in vain, I decided to return home. I saw his dead body in front of our house and some people started beating me. They drove the police away and were about lynching me when the Baale (community leader) came and drove them away. He took me to the police station.“My life is ruined because I made him my friend. It was just a blow that I gave him,” he added.