Guests Stab Schoolboy To Death At Birthday Party In Lagos (Photo)

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A birthday party on Kehinde
Street in the Ajegunle area of
Lagos State turned bloody when
some guests began a fight and
stabbed a schoolboy, Endurance
Augustine, to death. Policemen from the Ajeromi
division were said to have
removed Endurance’s corpse
and deposited it in a morgue.
PUNCH Metro learnt that
Endurance had gone to the party with some of his friends, when a
fight broke out.
A resident told our
correspondent that the cause of
the fight was unknown, adding
that the hoodlums, who were guests at the party, fled after
stabbing the victim to death.
It was gathered that two
suspects, who were trying to
hide the victim’s corpse, were
apprehended by residents and handed over to the police.
When our correspondent visited
the area, Endurance’s mother,
who did not want her name in
print, said she had gone to a
church service at 4pm on Wednesday only to hear the
news of her son’s death on her
return.
The mother of four added that if
Endurance had told her that he
was attending a party, she would have dissuaded him from
going as the area had been
tense.
She said, “I don’t think
Endurance had a quarrel with
anyone before he was stabbed to death. He did not inform me
that he was going to a birthday
party. He was an easy-going
boy. He went to school every
day and ought to be in the
senior school by September. I am pained that my son was
murdered. I don’t even know
who organised the party.”
A resident, who identified herself
only as Mary, said she was in her
shop when she noticed a crowd of youths trooping into the
street.
“Their dressing did not show
good manners. In fact, some of
them came to the front of my
shop and smoked hemp. I warned them to stop and asked
them to leave my premises, but
they ignored me.
“It was on the following day that
I was told they fought and a boy
was killed,” she added. A witness, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said, “I
learnt that the birthday host was
a lady. She used to stay with her
parents on Kehinde Street. She
decided to come on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday.
“I was in my house eating when
I heard people shouting that
they were fighting on the next
street and a boy had been killed.
Everyone quickly shut their doors until policemen came.
They took the boy’s corpse
away. A tricycle was also set
ablaze by the thugs.
“What began as a birthday party
resulted in a street fight. Gang fights are becoming rampant
now in Ajegunle. The police
should strengthen security in the
area.”
The Lagos State Police Public
Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
She said, “Rival cults engaged
each other on the streets and the
police mobilised to the scene. A
corpse was found and deposited
at the Ajeromi General Hospital for an autopsy. Two suspects
were arrested at the spot and
efforts are on to arrest other
fleeing suspects.”