Almost every youth in Nigeria today played football when he was younger, whether at home, in school or in the streets.
However, what should have been an enjoyable street football match at Okota, Lagos, turned bloody as one of players stabbed another which later led to the death of the victim.
According to a report on Vanguard, some boys were playing football at Oseni Laide street when a group of boys from a neighbouring Taiwo street came to join.
The visiting youths were told to wait for their turn and after the first round, of which the next set – which contained some of the visiting youths was disallowed from playing. This triggered a fight.
In the process, one of the youths, Kayode Babayanju stabbed one SS2 student, Michael Tanko in the hollow of his left elbow.
Tanko reportedly chased his assailant until he became dizzy and slumped. He was pronounced dead moments before getting to the hospital.
The doctors reported that he bled out as the artery in his elbow was cut.
Tanko was an orphan who had just recently come to live with his uncle in Lagos last year following the demise of his only sibling.
As at when the news got to his uncle and guardian, Oke Obi Odiaka on Monday, he was in shock.
The parents and relatives of the assailant went to visit the uncle at his house on Monday around 4pm upon which the mother went on her knees and begged the berieved family.
The family however insisted that they produce their son into police custody.
Lagos police command spokesman, Superintendent Dolapo Badmus revealed yesterday that “Effort is being intensified to arrest the suspect who fled the scene immediately after committing the offence. The corpse has been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital Morgue.”
Parents would want to monitor where and when their children engage in football as this once harmless recreation has started claiming lives.