A 33-year-old man, whose name is yet-to be ascertained as of the time of filling in this report, was on Monday, murdered at a drinking joint along Jemeni Street, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
A reliable source, who spoke to our correspondent, on grounds of anonymity, said the incident occurred at about 7pm, adding that it has created tension and panic within the area.
Confirming the incident, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, said that the two men were drunk and exchanged arguments at the joint.
Garba said, “The incident happened and the victim died. The two of them- both the man that killed the man and the one that died came to the joint together.
“But of course, you should know they were already drunk. The two of them just had a little argument in that beer parlour, and one of them took bottle and smashed it on the head of the other person. The incident happened between the two of them.
“The one, whose head was hit with the bottle was rushed to the hospital and he could not survive it.
“By now, I’m sure my men would have arrested the suspect. I’m sure I will be able to give you feedback later.”
The source said that trouble started when the suspect simply identified as Ayoola who is a food seller at Ekeaba Market attempted to hit the deceased with his car which made the deceased to question his action.
The source said, “Usually, people do gather at the new joint to eat and drink and that faithful day, the deceased was coming into the joint and the suspect with his car drove so rough that he almost hit the deceased with his car.
“The deceased became furious and questioned why he should drive roughly that he almost hit him, the suspect started raising his voice and threatening the deceased.
Infact, from all indications, it seems both of them might have had issues before now or were already drunk.
“People at the joint were trying to calm the suspect down but he continued threatening the deceased.
“To the amazement of many people, the suspect picked up a bottle and smashed it on the deceased forehead and the young man fell down on the ground.
“Few minutes later, it was realized that the deceased had become motionless and blood gushing out from his mouth and nose. Many of the people there ran away.”
The source stated that shortly after the incident, policemen arrived the scene of the incident and arrested the suspect and took the corpse of the deceased away.