by crossriverwatch admin
A squabble between two shoe menders Haruna Ibrahim and Aboki Zamfara who claim to be supporters of two European football teams, Chelsea and Manchester United in Calabar the Cross River State capital ended tragically after one struck the other with a plank killing him instantly.
Haruna allegedly struck Aboki with a plank after the later taunted him following the 1-0 defeat of Manchester United by Chelsea during the FA Cup match on Thursday last week.
Narrating the incident to crossriverwatch at his cell at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Haruna said he left his house to watch the match at a DSTV viewing center at Bogobiri and while on the way, he met Aboki who was negotiating with a roadside phone vendor to buy a GSM handset.
His words “As I was going to watch Barcelona. I met Aboki on the way negotiating the price of a GSM phone, which he was asked to pay N6, 000. He said he had only N5, 000, so I told him to pick the phone and see me after the match to collect the N1, 000 balance for the seller”.
Haruna said after the match, he and Aboki were walking down to their houses when “Aboki was laughing and taunting me for the loss of my team and even when I warned him to go away from me he would not stop or go away and a fight ensued between us and I grabbed a plank from the road side and struck him on the head and he fell down”.
Haruna said he pleaded with the people around to take “my friend to the hospital but they refused, telling me that the hospital has closed. So, I started shouting asking them na so una wicked?”
According to the suspect, “both of us are Muslims, he is from Zamfara state while I am from Adamawa state, only that I don’t know his real name”.
Haruna stated that he is a Muslim as well as Aboki his late friend but our brothers neglected to act promptly on the incident, as Aboki was only taken to hospital after he had died.
He said after the boy died some people went to the Atakpa Police Station and reported “it was around 10 pm that I heard police knocking on my door and when I opened they handcuffed me that I should follow them to the police station, because the boy I fought with had died”.
Mr. Joseph Inuyashe (DSP) told crossriverwatch that the police was going to carry out detailed investigation to unravel the remote and immediate “cause that led to the killing of the boy, as neighbors have already testified against the suspect”.
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