Abdulkadir Segi, 30 years old, has reportedly been stabbed to death during an argument over the detonation of a banger around a mosque in Ilorin , Kwara State , while the Muslim congregational prayer was being observed on Christmas Eve .
PUNCH reported that Abdulkadir was alleged to have been stabbed in the chest in the Ita -Nmo area of Ilorin by one Kehinde Oloka of Oke -Agodi area of the town .
It was gathered that the suspect, who is presently at large, was repeatedly detonating bangers in front of the mosque to disturb Muslims worshipers , who were observing their Ishai evening prayer .
Abdulkadir, who was one of the congregants in the mosque, was said to have come out to ask Oloka to move away from the place of worship .
It was alleged that the suspect ran home , came back and attacked Abdulkadir with a long sharp knife , with which he stabbed him and the victim reportedly bled to death .
Abdulkadir was said to have been rushed to a private hospital, where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor.
A family member , who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the suspect stabbed the victim during an argument over banger around the mosque while the evening prayer was going on , adding that Oloka took to his heels after committing the crime.
It was gathered that all occupants of the suspect ’s house , including his parents, deserted the family compound when they heard about what happened .
According to the family source, the deceased was single and was the only son of his parents.
It was gathered that he had since been buried according to Islamic rites .
The source added that the matter had been reported at the Adewole Police Station , Ilorin .
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident , adding that the suspect was on the run and had deserted his family house in Ogidi .
Okasanmi, who said the police had launched a manhunt for the suspect , said members of his family were also helping the command to get Oloka arrested .