The family of a four-year-old boy, David Emmanuel-Tarfa, has been thrown into mourning after he was allegedly stabbed to death by his father’s old friend, John Cornelius, on Kashim Ibrahim Way, Jimeta, in the Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Cornelius and the victim’s father, Stephen, used to be friends, but got separated for several years.
The suspect was said to have visited Jimeta on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 and asked Stephen to allow him pass the night at his house.
The victim’s father, who initially declined the request, later yielded after the suspect promised to leave the following morning.
Stephen said, “I had my doubts because I had not seen him in five years. I told him that I was now married and suggested that he should go and stay at another friend’s house. He agreed and left.
“He returned later and said the man was not at home. He said he was tired and pleaded to spend the night with the promise that he would leave the following day.
“My wife and I agreed and in the morning, he left without informing us.”The 38-year-old said he was surprised when Cornelius returned that night, asking to sleep at the house again.
“I turned down his request and accompanied him to the other mutual friend’s house. I discovered that they had a rift. I tried mediating, but realized that the effort was useless because the man refused.
“Cornelius started saying he was tired of life because everyone he knew was rejecting him. “He told me to give him transport fare to go back to his place that night. After giving him N500, I sensed that it was too late and because he had been acting suicidal, I felt staying at my place for the night would help,” he added.
However, Cornelius, after staying on the second night, allegedly brought out a knife, grabbed Stephen’s son, David, and stabbed him multiple times in the neck.
The father of two, while demanding justice for his son, said efforts to rescue the victim proved abortive.