Co-Tenants Fight Dirty Over Electricity Bill Leading To Death Of One

36-year-old man, Felix Omokhoa is facing murder charge at
Ekpoma Magistrate Court, Ekpoma-Edo State, for allegedly stoning to death his
neighbour, one Richard Ikekhua  over
electricity bill.
The accused who allegedly committed the crime on January 16,
2016 in Ukpoke-Uhiele, Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area, hit a piece of
cement block on the deceased’s forehead during a fight, resulting in his death.
When the case with Charge No.11/c/2016 came up for hearing
at the magistrate court, Ekpoma, the plea could not be taken as the magistrate,
Mr. Afe Osamudiamen declined jurisdiction and ordered that the file be
duplicated and sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal

According to police investigation, the accused and the
deceased who are co-tenants had a quarrel over the deceased’s refusal to pay
his share of re-connection fee.
Following his refusal, the accused with other neighbours
resolved to disconnect the deceased’s apartment.
This was said to have infuriated the deceased who
consequently reported the case to the electricity company, since the
re-connection was illegally procured, and also reported the case against the
accused at the police station.
The electricity company thereafter disconnected the entire
house, while the police arrested the accused, but eventually settled the matter
between them with a stern warning on the accused not to foment any further
But when the duo returned home, another quarrel ensued
resulting in a fight during which the accused hauled a piece of cement block at
deceased’s forehead, killing him instantly.

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