Solomon Onyeoghani, 24, was studying Business Education at the Delta State University, Abraka. But, before he could complete his course, an angry neighbour snuffed life out of him.He was stabbed to death over a missing internet modem worth N5, 000. The suspect, one Chukwuka (surname withheld) was said to have accused Solomon of stealing the modem.
Solomon reportedly denied knowledge of the item. Rather than involve the Police in the search, Chukwuka took the law into his hands and stabbed the deceased with a broken bottle in the neck and several parts of the body. Solomon did not survive the attack.
Before then, Chukwuka had reportedly boasted to the father of the deceased, Augustine Onyeoghani, that he would kill his son over his missing modem.
On the fateful day, Chukwuka chased Solomon around the neighbourhood and before help could come, he had stabbed the young man with a bottle.
Chukwuka, who hails from Ika North East Local Government Area of the state with the deceased, stabbed Solomon repeatedly as the victim ran for dear life.
Solomon was the only son in a family of two. His sister witnessed the incident.
Solomon, who just returned from school on the fateful day was on his way to meet his sister at their mother’s shop when Chukwuka accosted him demanding his missing modem from him.
Solomon again denied knowledge of the modem but Chukwuka would have none of that. In the ensuing argument, Chukwuka brought out a bottle threatened to hit Solomon’s head with it.
As the argument continued, Chukwuka aimed the bottle at his neck. It pierced it.
Sensing that the argument was turning something dangerous, Solomon took to his heels to save his life but Chukwuka would not stop. He gave the victim a hot chase, stabbing him in several parts of the body.
Solomon got exhausted and fainted at the front of a nearby clinic. Chukwuka was overwhelmed with anger, so he stabbed Solomon the more and the victim died before help could come.
Solomon’s father, Onyeoghani, said his son had earlier denied being responsible for the missing modem.
He told the Newsmen on Saturday that he had earlier contacted Chukwuka on phone on how best the issue could be resolved but Chukwuka came to him that fateful Friday, last week, threatening to kill the son.
The bereaved father said that he never knew that the suspect would carry out the threat because they are from the same local government area.
“The problem started on Tuesday. When my son told me, I went to Chukwuka’s father to tell him because we are neighbours and we come from the same local government (Ika North East).
“The father promised to call his son to order. I personally called him (Chukwuka) on phone and he told me that he was not around.
“When he eventually returned on Friday, he came to my house only to tell was that he was going to kill my son, Solo. This happened around 4:30pm.
“About one hour after he boy left, Solomon returned from the College of Education Warri where he was running a programme in Business Education, organised by the Delta State University, Abraka.
“Immediately Solo came in, he told me that his sister was calling him from the store. Not up to 20 minutes after he left the house, someone came to tell me that Solo was dead. I didn’t know that the boy meant to kill my son.
“They did not fight. The boy rushed out from nowhere and started stabbing him with a broken bottle. He stabbed him several places on the neck.”
Mr. Onyeoghani accused the mother of Chukwuka of not helping matters as it was in her presence that the son rushed out to attack his son.
He said: “It was in her presence that his son was threatening to kill my son and she said nothing. She even threatened to go to their village to swear juju if my son refused to bring out the modem. But my son said he did not steal any modem.
“They just killed my son for nothing. The boy has since run out of town but I know he can’t run forever. All I want is for the law to take its course. My son cannot just die like that.”
Onyeoghani had looked up to Solomon as the emerging bread winner of the family hence the death has been a bitter pill to swallow.