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Man accused of killing friend says victim stabbed himself

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Demola Wasiu, a bricklayer who allegedly stabbed his friend Lekan Omotosho, 27, to death on Ajele Street, Lagos Island because he refused to charge his mobile phone has denied killing his friend.
In his latest confession, Wasiu said Lekan was the one who picked up a bottle and attempted to stab him but a scuffle ensued between the two of them and in the process of their fight, Lekan fell on the splinters of the bottle he had broken earlier and died of injuries he sustained.
In his latest confession, Wasiu said; “I am a bricklayer and I am a professional at my job. I may be an orphan, but God is my defender. I don’t know anything about the death.
“Usually, we all sleep at a construction site and the owner of the building said we should stop sleeping there. I had stopped going there after I got another construction work. But once in a while, I buy noodles there.
“On that night, a man attempted to sleep at the site and I stopped him from going there. But Omotosho, who saw me, challenged me for stopping the man. He asked why I did not mind my business.
“I slapped him in anger for talking to me anyhow and he went to grab a bottle which he smashed on the floor.  He fell inside the gutter while we wrestled and got stabbed in the armpit in the process.
“I took him to the first hospital where he was rejected before he was taken to the general hospital where he died. I did my best to save him. I didn’t kill him and people are free to say whatever they want. I know that God will vindicate me.”
The suspect who statement differs from the one made to the police at the Lion Building division and detectives at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba according to police sources was arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court on one count of murder.
The charges against the suspect who recanted after he was tortured by some cell inmates reads thus: “That you, Ademola Wasiu, on May 26, 2016, at about 10.30pm, at Ajele Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did kill one Olamilekan, aged 30, by stabbing him with a broken bottle on his right armpit, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The case was adjourned till July 5, 2016 by the Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, who ruled that Wasiu be remanded in prison pending legal advice and more hearing on the case.
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