By Ita Akpan
What exactly is our society turning into these days? That was one of
the many questions asked by those who came to witness a tragic
incident as a young man identified as Friday Lekam, was allegedly
machetes by his neighbour, Omini Otana, in Ugep, Yakurr local
government area of Cross River state over a nine thousand naira
The incidence, CSO Media learnt happened at about 1:30 pm on
Wednesday, May 20, behind the Ugep stadium, along Donald Duke way,Ikpakapit.
According to a reliable source from the family, who would not want his
name mention in the news said, “The victim (Friday) is a daily income
earner, who hands money to one of his neighbour for custody pending
when he would open a bank account. He is a brother to me and works
hard every day to make ends meet. He was keeping that money with
someone else, so he will not misuse it”
“When Friday felt it was time to open the bank account, he approached
the person he gave the money to but was told the money was missing.
The Lady, however, pleaded with him to exercise patience and give her
some time to properly look for the money.
“A few days after, this my brother went to the lady to get his money,
only to be told the money has been used. She said the money was used
by her husband without her notice, but promised they will pay back the
money in a short time; a situation which got Friday angry. That’s
where the whole problem started,” he said.
He added that “Both parties, that is the victim and the lady’s husband
agreed for a daily payment of three Hundred Naira since they couldn’t
meet up with the weekly payment of One Thousand Naira as initially
proposed. This is because it was difficult for them to pay up the
money at once.”
“Rather than keep to terms of their agreement, my neighbour, Omini
started getting angry at (Friday) over his approach towards getting
the money. We are all neighbours and we live like brothers here. I
don’t know if there is something else or if the two of them had issues
before. This is strange and wicked,” the source was quoted as saying.
Narrating how the incident happened according to the victim, he said;
“On Wednesday, Ikwo’s husband, which is the man that owes me money saw
me on my way from farm and picked me home on his bike. When we got home, he told me to take my bath and come to his house. I taught he wanted to pay me back the money he owes me. When I got to his house, he asked me to assist him to pick up his television and DVD player from an electronics shop, and I agreed.
“After we left the house together on his bike to pick the DVD player,
he drove past the electronics shop where we were supposed to stop and was heading to another location. When I asked him where we were going, he said that he was pressed and that he wanted to go to the toilet behind the stadium.
“While we were driving to the stadium, I was scared because the
stadium is a very quiet and scary place. I told him to stop, so I
could ease myself. While I was done urinating and waiting for him, I
suddenly saw him behind me with a cutlass and before I could realize,
he started cutting me. I screamed and tried to run, but my shirt got
hooked on the carrier of his bike which he parked behind. We both fell
down, and he used the machete on me. I struggled with him but it was
difficult because he was stronger and there was nobody to rescue me.
“It was until he heard some voices before he kicked his bike and ran
away. He wanted to pieces my head but I managed to defend myself by
shielding my face with my hands. I was bleeding until some Okada
riders who were driving stopped by and took me to the hospital,”
Friday lament, who has since been discharged from the hospital.
The matter has since been reported to the police and investigation is
on ongoing. Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the suspect was stillon the run.