A 42-year-old man, Alli Mustapha has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly killing his customer, Idowu Maliki, for refusing to pay for a stick of cigarette.
Mustapha is the owner of a shop at Imope Compound in Ikotun, where he sold petty goods to people in the community.
Reports said Maliki took a stick of cigarrete and refused to pay. An argument reportedly ensued between them after the victim returned to the shop some minutes later and during the ensuing scuffle, it was gathered that Mustapha hit Maliki’s head with a long stick and he slumped.
Efforts to revive him failed as he was later confirmed dead at the Igando General Hospital.
In his statement to the police, Mustapaha admitted to committing the crime, adding that the deceased had first hit him.
He said, “I don’t know the man’s name, but he comes to my place to buy things. On the fateful day, he came to buy a stick of cigarette. He did not pay for it.
“He returned few minutes later and wanted to enter my shop. I refused to allow him. But as I tried to stop him, he took a stool and hit me with it.
“Then he started looking around for other things to hit me and that was when I quickly grabbed a long stick which I usually kept in my shop to protect myself, and hit his head with it.”
It was learnt that the victim was first rushed to a private hospital, but was rejected before being taken to the Igando General Hospital.