A Turk, identified as Yalcin Oktem, is on the run after allegedly stabbing the accountant of Slavabogu Construction Company, Oluwaseun Ojo, in Osogbo, Osun State.
Yalcin was said to have stabbed Ojo for allegedly being disrespectful to him.
Yalcin had on April 3, 2019, approached Ojo for money to purchase drugs, which was given to him.
It was gathered that Yalcin allegedly stabbed Ojo for not writing ‘Mr’ in front of his name on the voucher presented to him to sign for the money he collected.
Ojo, who spoke with PUNCH correspondents, said Yalcin, who is the younger brother of the managing director of the company, was fond of assaulting the workers and getting away with it.
He noted that the managing director of the company, Ersin Oktem, also threatened to sack him for reporting the incident to the police.
He said, “Yalcin came to meet me that he needed money to buy drugs for his ailment and I asked him the amount he needed and he said I should give him any amount. I asked if N10,000 was okay and he said I should give him N3,000, which I did.
“He went to town to buy the drugs and when he came back, he gave me the receipt and a balance of N600 and I told him to wait to sign the voucher indicating that he collected the money.
“I wrote on the voucher ‘Drug given to Yalcin’ and he said that why would I write his name without putting Mr. I thought it was a joke but he smashed the syrup bottle on my head and my head swelled up; I tried to fight back but I couldn’t.
“I called our MD, who is his brother, to report to him but he told me that he was in a meeting. I called the director, who is a Nigerian, and he told me to take pictures and videos of the incident and that the people around should bear witness. I alerted the other members of staff and before they could get to me, Yalcin rushed towards me and stabbed me in my stomach with a pocket knife.
“I didn’t even know he had stabbed me until I saw blood coming out of my body. He stabbed me again on my hand and people started shouting that I should run. He also stabbed another worker, who tried to separate us.
“I ran into another building on the premises and he ran after me and held my neck. As I’m speaking now, I can’t control my neck; I have had to use neck support.
“To my surprise, when I was in hospital, the MD called me that why had I not resumed to the office and I told him that I was in hospital and he said he was going to terminate my appointment.”
Our correspondents learnt that the matter was reported at the Estate Police Station in Osogbo.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Ige, confirmed the incident and stated that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.
She said, “A case of assault occasioning harm was reported at the Estate Police Station involving an expatriate, Yalcin Oktem. He allegedly stabbed the complainant on his left shoulder and rib.
“The matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation. We are already working on the information at our disposal.”