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Tricycle rider slumps, dies during fight over newspaper

A tricycle rider , Chidiebere Okafor , is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Lagos , for the death of his colleague , Frank Onah , in the Ifako Gbagada area of Lagos State .

PUNCH Metro learnt that Okafor pushed Onah during a disagreement over a sports newspaper on Tuesday on Yetunde Brown Street .

The Enugu State indigene was said to have slumped and was rushed to the General Hospital , Gbagada, where he was confirmed dead .

When our correspondent visited the community on Wednesday, the victim’ s friends declined comment.

One of them, who eventually spoke, pleaded that he should not be identified .

He said , “ We cannot explain it . Chidi (Okafor ) had left a sports newspaper in a friend ’ s tricycle . Frank (Onah ) took it to read .

“ Some minutes later, the owner of the paper started looking for it and he sighted Frank reading the paper and challenged him.

“ Chidi became angry when Frank refused to release the newspaper to him and they started arguing.

“ Frank attacked Chidi with fist blows and Chidi pushed him. He slumped and died. ”

Another tricycle operator , who also did not identify himself, said the victim had refused to release the newspaper because he thought it belonged to someone else .

“ People had separated them and they were going their separate ways when Frank slumped and died, ” he added .

PUNCH Metro gathered that the late Onah was married with two children.

His family members were said to be residing in their hometown in Nsukka , Enugu State .
A resident told our correspondent that he took the corpse to the mortuary.

“ If I didn ’ t do it , the body might have been left to decompose , because everybody just abandoned him, ” he added .

The state Police Public Relations Officer , SP Chike Oti, said the suspect had been taken into custody .

He said , “ It is a case of suspected murder involving two tricycle riders who had an argument over a newspaper . During the fight that ensued , one of them , Chidiebere Okafor , pushed his colleague, Frank Onah , and the victim died in the process. This was around 2 pm on Tuesday.

“ Our detectives have visited and photographed the scene . The corpse has also been deposited in a morgue for autopsy . ”

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