From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
A 27-year-old suspected murderer, Prince Amadi, said he was arrested recently, by policemen because of his mode of dressing, in Port Harcourt.
Amadi had been at large since December 19, 2016, when he allegedly stabbed someone to death at Aker Base waterfront, in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt.
The suspect told Daily Sun, on Wednesday, that he was apprehended on Monday, August 21, 2017, along Nkpordiagha Road, by policemen from Rumuolumeni Divisional Police Station and led by Supol Kingsley Chukwueggu.
Amadi admitted to have committed the heinous act, as a retaliation during a fight with some boys, who had stabbed him and his companion.
Amadi said that he fled home after the incident in December 2016, and was nabbed recently, when he boarded a tricycle from Nkpordiagha to Waterfront, where he wanted to cross water to Port Harcourt City.
He said: “I was arrested on Monday, August 21, along Nkpordiagha road, by policemen, when I wanted to cross water to Port Harcourt City. Policemen were searching Keke Napep (tricycle) passengers passing the road.
“They did not see anything with me, but because of the way I dressed. Police arrested me because I was wearing an ear-ring and head-warmer. One of the policemen said I looked suspicious and arrested me. I did not drag with them”, he explained.
He recalled the incident that led to the death of the boy was refusal of people carrying out oil bunkering at Aker Base waterfront to pay their daily fee to the community.
Amadi said he is an unemployed welder and was among the youths appointed by his community to collect money from the people doing bunkering business at the waterfront.
He explained: “When we got there (waterfront), we asked the boys doing business there the owner of the product. The boys did not respond. We asked them again, but none of them answered us.
“What we normally do under that situation is to push one of the drums of the product out to recover our money. My fellow community boys were the ones doing this thing with the owners of the product because I was on call all this while.
“Later, fight ensued and I rushed to them. I didn’t know I was also a target. Our opponents were over 20, while we were only seven. They stabbed me and one of my boys. I retaliated. When the pressure became much, we escaped to treat ourselves. Unfortunately, the boy didn’t make it.
“I was the only one our opponents knew very well. So, the took the corpse to our house. My sister went and reported the matter to Police. At that point, I left home,” he stated.