One Mr Festus Stephen, a 27-year old man, was charged to court on Thursday, for reportedly killing his friend, Abbas Mohammed Gudus, after a disagreement over an iPhone in Adamawa State.
Mr Stephen, a staff member of Adamawa State Ministry of Health, attached to Health Services Management Board in Mubi, is currently facing trial before Justice Helen Hammajoda of High Court 2, Yola, for killing Gudus with a knife.
He was arrained in court on two counts, bordering onfirearms (Special Provision) Act cap R11 laws of the Federation, 2004. robbery, contrary to and punishable under section 1(2) (b) of the robbery.
Stephen who confessed to the crime said he first met Gudus in 2011, and since then, they became friends.
He added that on October 27, 2018, at about 7:30 pm in Mubi, he and the deceased decided that he (the deceased) should go and buy food, while he (Stephen) should go and get codeine syrup for consumption.
The suspect further disclosed that he bought the victim’s iPhone at the cost of N40,000, and paid the money, but the deceased refused to forfeit it to him.
According to him, few minutes after taking their codeine syrup, the deceased brought out the phone from his pocket to answer a phone call. While he was on the call, the suspect brought out a knife and stabbed him on his neck.
Stephen disclosed that he picked the phone, dipped his hands in the pocket of the deceased, took a cigarette packet, boarded a Keke napep, and fled from the scene, leaving the Gudus to bleed to death.
The case was immediately reported to the relevant security agency and investigation eventually launched which led to the arrest of the murder suspect.
The case was adjourned to the 24th of February, 2021.