Michael Eweje, has allegedly killed his cousin, Emmanuel Eba in the course of a fight in Oloru village in Ogun State.
The pathetic incident which occured on July 21, 2021, followed the victim’s slump after he was hit with a fist by his brother during a scuffle.
Still panting, the people around tried to rescue him and swiftly rushed him to the state General hospital Odeda, after Micheal has taken to his heels instantanously.
The people’s attempt however, proved abortive when he stopped breathing at the hospital.
Thenceforth, Micheal has remained unseen until he was arrested lately.
He is now caged at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID of the Ogun State Police command.
Amidst interview with Crime Guard, the 23-year-old suspect felt remorseful over his action and wished he could have a chance to remedy his wrong.
The suspect, a farmer who cultivated yam, cassava, tomatoes and pepper also helped clear farmlands for fee and had been doing so smoothly until he started to face hardship with respect to advanced fee for clearing farmlands.
The misunderstanding that degenerated into a fight commenced at the point of discovery that it was Emmanuel (his cousin) that was busy spreading falsehood against me.
Based on that and coupled with the fact that, that was the only thing he did for a living, he lost his temper and beat the victim to a pulp amidst the fight.
He griefly asserted that he only wanted to teach him a lesson, he did not to mean to kill him.
“Emmanuel was my paternal relative. We grew up together in Oloru village.Our relationship was smooth until a few months back when I started hearing rumors that I was not clearing my client’s farmland properly . Normally when one gets a contract to clear a field or weed, the owner pays an advance fee. I later realized that my contractors started insisting that I finish the entire work before I get paid.”
“Even when I argued that it was not possible because I needed to feed and pay for transport, they insisted. I later found out that it was Emmanuel that was busy spreading falsehood against me.”
“I confronted him and even reported him to our elders. I thought he would stop but he didn’t.”
“When I got another job, the owner reluctantly paid me N10,000 advance for a job that would take up to a week to finish. ”
“I went ahead to clear the farmland. But when I called the owner who is based in Abuja for my balance, he told me he won’t pay me the balance until he comes in person to inspect the work. When I demanded to know why, he said Emmanuel had warned him about me.”
“I was so angry .I rushed home, met Emmanuel and confronted him. Instead of apologising, he started laughing. I told him to go and retract his statement about me if he wanted peace. He continued laughing, saying he would not.”
“I ran to my brother’s house in Sango and told him what happened. He was the one that took me to the police station the next day. I am sorry and I beg for forgiveness. I know that I cannot bring back the dead. I only wanted to teach him a lesson. “