By Onome Oghenetega
A 27-year-old man has been reportedly stabbed to death in Warri, Delta State, after he was alleged to have reportedly won N15 million in a betting game.
The deceased, Prince Miebi, was said to have been stabbed at various parts of his body including by his chest.
He was said to be closing from his aunt’s shop at the popular Ogbe-Ijoh market in Warri South Local Government Area when he was accosted by the hoodlums on Monday evening.
Prince reportedly died before he was rushed to a near-by hospital on that fateful day.
It was further learnt that the yet-to-be identified assassins after stabbing the victim made away with his mobile phone.
The deceased, according to sources close to the family, was stabbed by three-man armed gang who immediately fled the scene after dispossessing him of the mobile set.
Sources claimed he had played the betting game last weekend with all his predictions going through amounting to N15 million.
He was waiting to be paid on Wednesday when he was killed on Monday evening.
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It was not clear if the attack has any connection with the N15 million won from the betting game as his account alert could no longer be trail since the assassins made away with his mobile set.
An uncle of the deceased, Mr. Thomas Ogisi, confirmed the killing of the 27-year-old man to NIGER DELTA TODAY Online.
Ogisi explained, “The boy (Prince Miebi) stays with my elder sister. On that fateful day, they were in Ogbe-Ijoh market and were preparing to close when suddenly three boys blocked him in the shop and they stabbed him.
“The incident happened around 6pm on Monday.
“After stabbing him, they collected only his phone and left. Before he was rushed to the hospital, he was already dead.
“The information we are hearing from his friends indicate that he was killed because he won N15 million from a betting game. He was expecting the money to be paid to him on Wednesday before he was stabbed to death on Monday. Some of his friends were aware of the money.”
The bereaved uncle, who claimed the incident has been reported at the ‘A’ Division Warri, called for thorough investigation of the incident to bring the culprits to book.
“We are demanding for justice for the gruesome killing of our son. We want thorough investigation by the police. We are not also happy with the level of security at the market”, Ogisi further added.
Efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, for official response on the incident proved abortive.