Police nab three butchers for stabbing barber
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Three persons who are members of Butchers Association, Ekiti State chapter,have been arrested by the police in the state for allegedly stabbing a young man at a football viewing centre in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday evening.
The victim, a 33-year-old barber, identified as Ajibola Falegan, an indigene of Erinjiyan Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state, was allegedly attacked by the assailants at a viewing centre located along Nova road, Baisiri area of Ado-Ekiti metropolis.
The suspects whose names were not given as at the time of filing this report, are currently being detained at a Divisional police station located along new Iyin road in Ado-Ekiti after they were arrested around 10.30pm on Wednesday.
Falegan, whom The Hope Metro learnt is now receiving treatment at a private medical centre sustained a deep cut in the head and body, while being attacked by the suspects with cutlasses and knives.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists on the hospital bed on Thursday, Falegan said the suspects were having altercation with his brother at the viewing centre before he got there, only for them to allegedly pounced on him upon sighting him at the venue.
“I passed out when the attackers stabbed me on the head and body and there after I fell into a gutter. I only regained consciousness when I got to the hospital, he lamented.
Falegan added that the attackers allegedly stole his Techno L9+ phone worth N70,000 and cash N10,000 during the attack, he described as unwarranted.
“I didn’t have any misunderstanding with any of them before. But we live within the same vicinity.
” I got home around 9.30pm on Wednesday after closing and when I got home, I leant my younger brother was still at the viewing centre. So, I had to go there to bring him home, because it was already late .
“When I got there, they had an argument with my brother and when I beckoned on him to follow me home, the boys started harassing me .They started by slapping me, while they caused commotion in the area.
“Later, they started attacking me with cutlasses and knives which they hid under their clothes.
” The viewers at the centre had to run for their lives. There was uproar everywhere and when I ran to escape, they chased me and stabbed me until I fainted before they left.
“As they were doing this, my brother had rushed home to inform my wife. 80, the two of them went to the police station to report the matter,” he stated.
Speaking on the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the command will not tolerate any act of hooliganism and disruption of public peace by any individual or group.
He said the perpetrators have been arrested and would be charged to court after the completion of investigations.
” We are investigating the matter. And if they turn out to be culpable, then the law will take its full course. They shall be brought to justice,” he said.