By Taiwo Ojoye
The family of a bar attendant on Surulere Street, Dopemu, Lagos, Ikechukwu Eguzouwa, has been thrown into mourning after his tragic death.
Eguzouwa was reportedly killed by a customer, Akeem Bakare, during an argument over payment for a bottle of alcohol.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Bakare had ordered for the drink to cool nerves during the Russia 2018 World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina when the incident happened.
The deceased’s colleague, Abel Daniel, was said to have approached the attacker after the match requesting the money for the drink.
Our correspondent learnt that an argument broke out when the tricycle rider claimed that a friend, who also visited the facility, had paid for him.
The ensuing altercation was said to have drawn the attention of Eguzouwa, who rushed out from an office to the scene of the incident.
While he was trying to make peace between the two young men, Bakare allegedly smashed a plank he aimed at Daniel on the victim’s head.
He was said to have fled the bar, leaving Eguzouwa, who later died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, in a pool of blood.
A source in the area explained that the case was reported to the police at the Dopemu division and the suspect was arrested the following day.
He said, “Bakare came to the bar that evening and he was served a bottle of beer worth N250. After taking the drink, one of the bar attendants, Daniel, approached him for payment. He said he had no money. This led to an argument between the two of them.
“Out of anger, Bakare picked a plank with the intention to hit Daniel but he missed his target and smashed the head of Eguzouwa. The bled to death at LASUTH.”
In a chat with our correspondent, the father of two, admitted to have taken a bottle of beer at the bar but insisted that an old friend of his, who came to the place that evening, paid on his behalf.
The Ilesha, Osun State indigene said Daniel challenged him to a duel in the course of the altercation and picked a metal to attack him.
He said he opted for the plank in self-defence, adding that he accidentally slammed it on the victim’s head.
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