For 22-year-old Sunday Onyike, a Business
Administration student of Yaba College of
Technology, Yaba-Lagos, the hope of
successfully rounding up his programme with
the his peers have been dashed.
This is because of the prolonged treatment he
has been receiving since March, 2011 as a
serious injury he sustained during a scuffle
with his neighbours identified as Augustine
Eleyi, 28, and Emeka Eleyi, 32, from Ohozara
in Mgbo Ebonyi State.
Sunday, the only son of his parents from Ohafia
in AbiaState, had his scrotum slashed off
during a fight with two of his neighbours.
Narrating the circumstances that led to the
problem to Crime Guard at their Makoko
residence, the father of the victim, Onyike
Okpara,65, stated; “I have been living in this
compound since 1970. I had five children but
only two arealive; that is Sunday and his
younger sister who works at LagosIsland.
I occupy two rooms in the building, one room
which I sleep in, and the other at the back of
the building, where my children sleep. When
ever my daughter comes home from work, she
buys and shares biscuits, sweets and gala to
our neighbour’s children. So, the children
always look forward to her returning from work.
More so, when ever she is sharing these
goodies to the children, two of our neighbours,
Augustine Eleyi and his elder brother, Emeka
Eleyi (who normally sits on the chair I kept in
front of my children’s room at the boys
quarters to smoke Indian hemp), would always
walk up to them, grab what ever is within their
grasp, and flee. Instead of them to ask, they
would grab what ever they can and run away.
My daughter complained about this to me, and
I had called and cautioned them to desist from
such act, but they would not listen.
On the evening of March 1st, 2011, she was
seated at the boys’ quarters with some
children sharing some gala when Augustine
Eleyi, came and as usual, grabbed one gala
and ran away.
My daughter pursued him and in the process,
N200 fell from his pocket. She picked it up
and said it would serve as a payment for all the
gala and biscuits he has been snatching from
Later on, on a second thought, she decided to
give him back the money as she thought it was
not worth it.
Having searched around for him, and not
knowing of his whereabouts, she decided to
give him the money the next day.
On the evening of that day which was the
2nd of March, 2011, after she got back from
work, she took the money to him at the boys
quarters, but he said he does not want it
anymore. At that point, an argument ensued
between them, during which his younger
brother, Emeka Eleyi collected the money from
As the argument continued, my son Sunday
who was in the room preparing for the next
day’s lecture, told his sister to let the matter
be, and go to our main room and sleep, while
he asked Augustine and Emeka to leave the
place because they were disturbing him with
Augustine asked him if the place looked like his
school hostel, that if he wants to read, he
should pack his books and go to his school
hostel. As the argument raged, he slapped my
son, who grabbed him on his shirt asking ‘what
have I done to you’?, Emeka rushed to them
pretending as if we was going for peace only
for him to grab my son’s two hands, while
Augustine rushed and fetched a sharp object,
and used it to slash my son’s scrotum.
I feel he actually wanted to cut off his male
organ, but missed. My son’s cry of agony
attracted the attention of passersby, because
part of the compound is a thoroughfare; it was
these passersby that ran to inform us at the
other side of the building.
I ran to the place and met my son in a pool of
his blood. On sighting us, the culprits bolted. I
wanted to run after them but I was weakened
by the sight of my son lying in pains, in the
pool of his blood.
I also thought, if I go after them at that point,
what would be the fate of my son when I get
back, hence I opted to stay back, with the help
of the other neighbours and some of our
church members, my son was rushed to the
State Criminal Investigations Department,
SCID, Panti, Yaba, from where we obtained a
note to take him to the hospital. At that time,
the GeneralHospital was on strike, we brought
my son back to Adekunle Police Station, and
they asked us to find a private hospital and
take him there.
So, we took him to a private hospital at Iwaya.
Augustine and Emeka were later apprehended
by neighbours who went after them, and
handed over to the police.”
Crime Guard learnt that the case has been at
the Yaba Magistrate’s Court since 2011.
Onyike Okpara further told our reporter that
for one month his son was at the hospital in
Iwaya, the Eleyi family only contributed
N15,000 for the medical bills. He stated, “after
the initial N15,000 installment they brought
when Sunday was taken to the hospital, I have
not heard from them.
Three times, my pastor and family called them
to seek out ways to settle the matter amicably;
when they come, they will be dribbling us,
they will promise to contribute to the medical
bills but we wont hear from them after that. I
have so far spent almost N200,000, I have the
medical bill to prove that”.
He also alleged that some members of the Eleyi
family have threatened him to accept their
term of payment, which is to pay N40,000, as
their contribution; and withdraw the case from
court. He stated, “On November 18, 2012 at
about 9:30pm, they sent six men, out of which
I recognized three, they came asking me to
sign a document, I could not properly read
through because of my poor sight, at that time
of the night.
One of them practically told me that “ so many
people die in Lagos every day, and their
corpses are never discovered; I would want
your corpse to be found”. What he meant by
that, I do not know. I don’t feel safe anymore.
First, they tried to take my son away, now they
are threatening me to accept a condition I
don’t think any of them would accept if it were
their son that was involved.”
Counsel to the defendant, Worer Obuagbaka,
on his part told Crime Guard that what
happened between the defendant and the
complainant was unfortunate. According to
him, they have been living peacefully together
for some years, what we are trying to do is to
see if we can settle the case amicably.” He said
the defendants have been granted bail but are
still in police custody because they have not
been able to perfect their bail.
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