A man simply identified as Vigo has been killed during a football argument in Lagos.
Reports revealed that the deceased was a diehard Arsenal fan. He was reportedly stabbed by a fan of another club while they were exchanging words over Arsenal’s Tuesday’s victory over West Bromwic Albion.
It was gathered that Vigo and his killer were both at a newsstand around Vox Bus Stop, Lagos-Badagry expressway when they got into a hot football banter.
The banter, however, turned bloody after the other young man, who was said to be drunk break a bottle and stabbed Vigo on the neck.
A PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter is said to have witnessed the horrible event. He confirmed that Vigo was pronounced dead at a private clinic where he was taken to for a quick medical care.
A group of guys who were angered by the killing, reportedly returned to the scene where the attacker was still standing and descended on him, beating him to stupor.
“So the other guys who took Vigo to the hospital were visibly angry when they learnt he was dead. They just returned to the scene where the attacker was still standing and he was violently attacked and beaten to stupor,” said an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity for security reasons.
The witness further explained that as soon as Vigo’s sympathisers approached his attacker, they did not spare him, beating him with planks, machetes and knives.
“Vigo was an Arsenal fan, so he was arguing with this guy (referring to the mobbed man) and before we knew what was going on the guy broke a bottle and stabbed him on his neck.”
The source said it was not the first time the attacker would be accused of killing somebody in the area, saying “that was how he pushed Baba Ijebu to his death.”
“Whenever he is drunk or high on drugs he misbehaves and causes problems for us in this area.
“That was why the police officers were looking at him when he was being mobbed. Nothing will happen because the police will not do anything about it,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the Ojo Police operatives were said to be timely at the scene as the angry youths had started to make plans to set the attacker ablaze.
They quickly rescued the almost lifeless man and put him in a bus and drove off. It was not clear where he was being taken to as of the time of filing this report.
When contacted about the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Adekunle Ajisebutu, a chief superintendent of police, said he was yet to be briefed by the authorities at the Ojo police station as at press time.