Birthday party guest stabs celebrant to death in Ogun

A birthday party celebration in Ogun State suddenly went from joy to tears when an uninvited party guest took a kitchen knife and stabbed the celebrant to death.

The attacker, a teenage boy named Sunday Philip, stabbed the birthday celebrant identified as Omeika Josiah at his own party which took place at Amini Awo Village in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, reports say.

Sunday Philip who is said to be an apprentice mechanic had arrived the party uninvited and was served a bottle of beer and a plate of spiced spaghetti. As the party progressed, Philip got into a fight with another guest after a misunderstanding. The celebrant walked in on both men fighting and took sides with the other guest identified as Jonah, and this got Philip angry.

The suspect ran into a nearby house and returned with a knife which he used to stab Josiah.

An eyewitness who narrated what happened said:

“One of the guests named Jonah sent a boy to move the sound system away from the scene when he noticed that food and drinks were pouring on the floor. But Sunday (Philip), an apprentice mechanic, prevented the boy sent by Jonah from taking the jukebox away and seized the sound gadget. Jonah tried to take the sound system from Sunday and a fight broke out between them.

“When Sunday realised that he could not overpower Jonah, he rushed to a nearby house and brought out a knife to attack Jonah. Unfortunately, on his way back to Jonah, he met the celebrator, Josiah, who warned him not to disrupt his party. But Sunday then became angry that Josiah had taken sides with Jonah, so he stabbed him to death.”

A community leader who confirmed the incident said he was not aware of the plan to hold a birthday party in the village. He said if the deceased had informed him, he would have asked the village head, Chief Kunle Aromokun, to put adequate security in place.

“It is sad that the life of the celebrator was cut short by an uninvited guest at his own party. If the late Josiah had told me that he was going to organise a party to celebrate his birthday, I would have told the Baale (village head), who would have in turn invited members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) to provide security and prevent a breakdown of law and order at the event,” the community leader said.

One of the guests at the party identified simply as Oladele said that the suspect lived on the same street as Josiah, but he was not invited to the party.

Oladele said:

“Sunday (Philip) had left home for work very early in the morning. He had no idea that Josiah was going to throw a birthday party in the neighbourhood. He, however, came to the party when he got wind that it was Josiah’s birthday celebration. Only God knows what came over him when he launched into a fight with another guest and close friend of the celebrator. If not for the timely intervention of the community leaders and other residents, he would have been mobbed to death when he was nabbed after he tried to escape from the scene where he stabbed Josiah to death.”

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