A student of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Boluwaji Olarinoye, has allegedly been stabbed to death by his ‘friend’, Mr. Wale Adewumi. The incident occurred at Erijiyan in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state on Friday night when Olarinoye demanded payment of the N50,000 the man owed him.
Adewunmi, who has been on the run since he allegedly killed the man, had been declared wanted by the police. The suspect was said to have called Olarinoye to his house that night over issues related to the N50,000 he (Adewunmi) borrowed from the student to support his timber business.
Sunday Sun gathered that Olarinoye took the money from the school fees his father gave him preparatory to the second semester examinations of EKSU. Olarinoye’s father told a radio station in Ado Ekiti on Saturday that his son told him he lent the N50,000 to his friend, adding that on the fateful night Adewumi invited his son to his house.
The victim’s father added that his son left the food he was eating that night to answer the call. He said: “Boluwaji left for Wale’s house with the hope that Wale was ready to settle the debt. But minutes later, I heard people shouting and were lamenting that Wale and a group of his friends had matcheted Boluwaji, leaving a deep cut in his throat,” the elderly Olarinoye told the radio station.
He disclosed that his son “did not pay the fees and did not do the second semester examination.” Reports said angry friends of Boluwaji set the home of the Adewumis on fire. Members of the household were also said to have taken to their heels immediately after the incident. The traditional ruler of Erijiyan, Oba Jonathan Alade, described the incident as disheartening and charged the police to get to the roots of the matter.
Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Nigeria Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Olu Victor Babayemi, while confirming the incident said it had been reported to the police and that investigation had already commenced. He said the report before the police was that someone lent another money and the matter led to an argument which degenerated into a fight.
Babayemi confirmed that the victim was stabbed with a broken bottle and, according to the report he got, “he bled to death.” The PPRO said further, “Unfortunately, the suspect is on the run, but we will arrest him.