According to Punch, the friends, who were traders on the Lagos Island, had been together for a long time.They were also said to have contributed money for the rent of the single-room apartment.
“But his friend squandered the money. So, as the payment became overdue and pressure was mounted on him to release the money, he passed on the aggression to the deceased and there was a fight. He was actually asleep when he attacked him.“People had separated them when he suddenly punched him in the head. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Another relative, Charles Anolue, said the victim was supposed to have his engagement ceremony later this month before he was killed.He said the family was pained that despite the death, the family of the suspect had not shown any sign of remorse over the incident.
“We are grieved and despite our loss, we would have resolved this case because we are from the same community. But the suspect’s family have been playing games which we don’t understand, and that is why we are ready to pursue this case to a logical end,” he added.
However, the elder brother of the suspect, Emeka Okeke, explained that his family was not happy over the incident and efforts by community leaders to wade in had been frustrated by the deceased’s family.
“These two men have been friends for a long time and they are both traders. What happened between them was unfortunate and I know Chukwuebuka had no intention of killing his friend,” he added.
Counsel for the suspect, Spurgeon Ataene, denied that the 28-year-old killed the victim.
“It was the deceased that attacked first and my client dodged his blow. It was the force with which he attempted to punch my client that made him crash into a wall, thereby killing himself.”