Police Tells Court How New Year Party Turns Sour

The Nigeria Police has revealed the investigation findings of how an apprentice Nse Daniel was killed during New Year house party celebration at Itire area of Lagos State.

Nse Daniel was said to have been killed by a friend, Michael Akpan, by stabbing him in the neck and he was subsequently arrested.

Being led in evidence box before Justice S. I. Osonaike of the State High Court sitting in Igbosere, the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, Adeniyi Sola of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, said the Micheal Akpan was brought to the SCID in January 2020 from the Itire Police Station on the charge of murder.

The IPO who is the third witness said that Akpan confessed to killing his friend in his statement.

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IPO Sola stated that at the commencement of the investigation, his team visited the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, to see the corpse and investigate the cause of death.

The police revealed that in the defendant statement, he stated that he went out after eating during the New Year celebration at Essien’s house and saw the deceased waiting for him.

He claimed that Daniel confronted him after the torchlight they were using was turned off during the meal, which escalated into a fight.

Akpan stated that the deceased attacked him with a broken bottle before he collected it and stabbed him (Daniel) in the neck in retaliation.

However, Essien, in his statement, said he saw Akpan stabbing himself with the bottle after using it on Daniel.

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“I heard a loud noise and when I looked back, it was Akpan that stabbed Daniel with a bottle in the neck; he ran inside a canal and I followed him.

“He followed us to take Daniel to a hospital and I later handed him over to the police. Akpan also cut himself,” the statement read.

The prosecution tendered all written statements of the defendant and the witnesses before the court.

The defence counsel, Mr Amala Umeike, raised no objections.

Justice Osonaike, admitted the statements in evidence and adjourned the matter till June 21.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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