Punch correspondent learnt that Okorie, who hails from Ebonyi State, and Jackson worked as cooks in the Ijanikin area.
It was gathered that a week before the incident, a female customer was allegedly beaten up by Okorie, and the woman reported the incident at a police station.
Okorie was said to have fled the store while the policemen, who launched a manhunt for him, arrested Jackson and asked him to produce his friend.
Okorie was said to have become infuriated and an altercation ensued, during which the suspect allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed his colleague. Jackson was said to have been rushed to a private hospital in the area, where he was confirmed dead.
When we visited Okorie’s apartment, a neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect thought his colleague reported the assault to the police.
He said, “They both worked in a store in Ijanikin. They have another store in Iyana Era area. Sometime last week, Daniel (Okorie) beat up a woman, who was one of their customers. The woman went to the police station to report.
“When the policemen came, Daniel had run away. So, the policemen arrested Jackson when they could not find Okorie. When Jackson was released, the first place he went to was Daniel’s place, warning him to turn himself in to the police.
“Daniel became angry, thinking that it was his friend who reported him to the police. An argument ensued and he stabbed him with a knife. He lost a lot of blood. He stabbed him in three places.”
Okorie, at the State Department of Criminal Investigations, Yaba, however, denied killing his friend for going to the police station.
He said, “Some minutes after I got home, Onyeka (Jackson) came to my house and started hitting my door. We had a disagreement in our place of work. I got a knife to threaten him to leave my house. I did not know the knife would hit him. I did not mean to kill him.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest. She added that the corpse had been deposited in a morgue in Badagry.