The police in Lagos have arrested a 42-year-old man, Alli Mustapha, for allegedly killing one of his customers, Idowu Maliki, in Ikotun, Lagos State. Mustapha had a shop at Imope Compound in Ikotun, where he sold petty goods. The Niger State indigene was alleged to have sold a stick of cigarette to the deceased on Saturday, March 7, which the latter refused to pay for.
The victim returned to the shop some minutes later, an argument ensued between him and the suspect. In the ensuing scuffle Mustapha hit Maliki’s head with a long stick and he slumped.
Efforts to revive him failed as he was later confirmed dead at the Igando General Hospital. In his statement to the police, Mustapaha admitted to committing the crime, adding that the deceased had first hit him.
It was learnt that the victim was first rushed to a private hospital, but was rejected before being taken to the Igando General Hospital. His corpse had been deposited at a morgue in Isolo.
The police arraigned Mustapha on one count of murder before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court. The offence was said to be punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The police prosecutor, Iyobosa Onaiwu, asked the court to remand Mustapha in prison. The defence counsel, Beauty Otighi, asked the court to prevail on the prosecution to speedily duplicate the case file for legal advice and ensure the 30 days window period was not exceeded.
The magistrate, Adefioye, said, “The defendant is hereby remanded in custody pending the Directorate of Public Prosecutions legal advice. The case is adjourned till May 25, 2015.”