Three men from Eku, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, have been arrested for stabbing a 25-year-old man Matthew Iyede, over an alleged disagreement over a girlfriend.
The spokesman of the Delta State Police Commander, SP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the arrest said the two suspects are in the custody of the police in Abraka.
The late Iyede was ambushed by armed youths alleged to have been led by one Ese Uku. Ese was alleged to have warned the victim to steer clear of the girl whom Matthew had reportedly been dating for long.
It was also gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday morning at a popular drinking bar, Blue Sea Restaurant and Bar, in Eku, near Delta State University Abraka.
Eyewitnesses told reporters that the victim died immediately, following multiple stabs he sustained on his chest.
The victim’s relative, Victor Iyede, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the phone. Victor claimed that his brother was killed over a girl he had been dating.
Victor said, “Matthew was stabbed at a plaza closer to Eku Town hall. He was stabbed over a girl. Those involved are at large. Their names have been submitted to the police.”
Meanwhile, the police commander, Kalu said, “the vigilante group, in collaboration with the Police, arrested the two suspects in respect of the case. The names of the suspects are Kevwe Edward (21 years old) and Lucky Grant (19 years old). The suspects will be transferred to SCIIDC for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution,” Kalu said.
She added that Matthew’s corpse has been deposited at the Eku General hospital pending further investigation by the police.