An Anambra-based man, identified simply as Chikodili, has been stabbed to death during a disagreement over N1,600 in Ogidi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to the Anambra State Police Command, its operatives have launched a manhunt for three suspects that were accused of committing the crime.
The deceased, until his death, was a scrap dealer at Tarzan Junction along the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, Nkpor, in Idemili North LGA, NIGERIACRIME learnt.
The suspects and Chikodil were said to have started a heated argument over the sharing formula of the N1,600.
According to an eyewitness, who spoke anonymously, the argument degenerated and, in the process, one of the suspects allegedly stabbed the victim to death.
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The eyewitness said, “The deceased and the suspects earlier had a prolonged argument at their place of work over the sharing formula of N1,600 which prompted the intervention of a master trader before the disagreement was temporarily resolved.
“But the resolution did not go down well with the suspects and some hours later, they invited Chikodili to a drinking joint but he ignored their invitation knowing full well that they still wanted to harm him because the resolution was not in their favour.
“They eventually caught the deceased on a bike, and held him tight while one of the suspects used a broken bottle to stab him in the neck and head. He immediately slumped to death and the suspects fled.”
The deceased’s corpse was deposited at the Iyi-Enu Hospital morgue in Ogidi by the police who were said to have concluded plans for an autopsy.
Confirming the incident, the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, Sani Ahmed, said they were on the trail of the assailants.
“None of the suspects has been arrested; we have commenced a manhunt for the fleeing assailants. We will get them, the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue,” Ahmed said.