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I Was Under A Spell, Says Bar Owner Who Stabbed His Customer

Obioma Dennis, a 53-year-old bar owner in Lagos, has been arrested for stabbing one of his customers to death.

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Dennis, who was waiting for his arraignment in court, told newsmen that he regrets his actions and believes he was under a spell when he took that action.

He explained that the deceased and two of his friends had come to his shop located in Alausa and were about to smoke the banned substance, “Indian Hemp” when he challenged them. The argument that ensued led to a fight that led to him stabbing the deceased.

He said; “In a rage, I grabbed hold of the chair they were sitting on, which is mine and threw it inside my shop. While I was inside my shop, one of the guys who I later identified as Emeka started destroying my electronic appliances.

“He smashed my television. To save what was left of my belongings, I pushed him out of my shop. The next thing I saw was that Ifeanyi grabbed a bottle of beer and smashed it on my head. I ran into the inner part of the shop where we prepare food. I grabbed one of the kitchen knives and stabbed Ifeanyi on his chest. He fell down in a pool of blood holding his chest.

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“I regret my action now because Ifeanyi is like my younger brother. I contributed cash when his father died three years ago. If I was not gripped by anger, I don’t think I would see myself killing anyone” he said.

The police said the suspect was arrested and detained at Alausa Police Station but that the case was later transferred to SCIID, Panti in Yaba, Lagos for elaborate investigation.

“It is a clear case of culpable homicide. The case would be charged to court at the end of investigation’, the police said.

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