A murder suspect, Saka Ahmed, who allegedly killed his schoolmate, 19-year-old Saheed Jimoh, in front of their school gate in the Ijora area of Lagos State, has said he never stabbed the deceased but committed the act after a prank went awry.
Ahmed, 19, claimed he had joked that a teacher was coming after them, after they both arrived late to school.
Ahmed, who had been friends with the victim since they were in their first year in secondary school said:
“Jimoh and I have been friends since JSS 1. We remained friends even after I repeated SS2 and he became my senior.
“On that fateful day, at about 8am I was with him and Ibrahim Mohammed, another friend. We got late to school and I told them to wait outside and allow me to go and check what was going on.
“I peeped through the gate and saw there was no teacher, except one prefect. But I deceived them into thinking that a teacher was coming and they started running.
“I then laughed and said it was a joke. Jimoh became angry and he started chasing after me.”
The Kwara State indigene explained further how he tried to save his friend’s life after the accident…
“I quickly flagged down a commercial motorcycle and he assisted me in taking him to a hospital.
“About five minutes later, the doctor came out and told me he was dead. I was afraid and ran away.
“When I got to my father’s shop, I was told the police had started looking for me and they had arrested Ibrahim (Mohammed).”
A police source at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba said there was no stab wound on the corpse of the victim, adding that at the end of investigation the matter would be charged to court.
The deceased’s uncle, Mr. Shakiru Oluayo, denied that Ahmed and Jimoh were friends, adding that the victim’s family was under pressure to drop the case.
He said they had yet to remove Jimoh’s corpse from the mortuary due to lack of funds.
“I am not aware they were friends. People in the community have also been asking us to let the matter be put to rest but we are still considering it. I cannot give a categorical answer on it.”