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Wheelbarrow Pusher Stabs Tax Collector To Death Over N50, Kills Self

A wheelbarrow pusher who was yet to be identified on Friday allegedly stabbed a tax collector to death in Benin City, Edo State before killing himself.

The incident happened on Mission Road in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

The incident Osun Defender gathered caused pandemonium among residents and shop owners who hurriedly closed shops.

A source said an argument had ensued between the barrow pusher and the tax collector over alleged refusal by the former to pay N50 daily ticket.

The revenue collector who was angered by the wheelbarrow pusher’s refusal to pay, reportedly kicked the wheelbarrow containing bags of items.

In retaliation, the wheelbarrow pusher reportedly brought out a knife and stabbed the tax collector.

He was said to have also stabbed himself in the neck after realising the tax collector was dead.

He also died on the spot according to an eyewitness.

An eyewitness, who doesn’t want his name in print, lamented what he described as a “human rights violation by some overzealous revenue collectors” in Benin Metropolis.

He said, “His approach was very wrong. But, nothing justifies murder. The economic hardship is too much. Nobody knew that the wheelbarrow pusher had a long knife. He stabbed the man to death.

“Some people around wanted to hold him, but he became very wild and said he would kill anybody who came close. He stabbed himself and died.”

The police spokesperson in the state, SP Chidi Nwanbuzor, confirmed the incident.

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