The Kogi Acting Commissioner of Police Austin Evakhabokun, made this known to on Monday in Lokoja.
Evakhabokun said that a scuffle ensued between the suspect and the deceased, both primary school pupils, when the suspect demanded the return of the earpiece he lent to the deceased.
He said that the late Kazeem said that the earpiece was damaged and Halilu demanded monetary compensation for the damaged earphone.
He said the demand enraged the deceased who reportedly called the suspect a thief, adding that this resulted
in an exchange of hot words, as Halilu insisted on collecting the money by force.
Evakhabokun said that Kazeem became furious and rushed into the house, brought out a sharp cutlass and inflicted cuts on the suspect's head.
He said that the suspect reportedly rushed to a nearby restaurant with his machete cuts and picked a sharp knife, with which he stabbed the deceased in the chest, leading to his death.
In an interview with newsmen, the suspect said that he borrowed the telephone earpiece from someone, saying that he insisted on replacing it since he did not know what to tell the owner. He said that Kazeem was his friend and that they were both in Primary Five.
Halilu said that the deceased hit him on his head with a machete, adding that in retaliation, he stabbed him in the chest, which led to his death.(NAN)