Indian police confirmed monday that a Nigerian, Michael Chukwuma, 21, who killed his friend during an argument over who was the world’s best player between Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristian Ronaldo of Real Madrid has been charged to court for murder.
Police Inspector Kiran Kabadi told AFP an offence of murder had been registered against Chukwuma over the death of another Nigerian, 34-year-old Obinna Durumchukwu last Sunday in the northern Mumbai suburb of Nallasopara.
Last Sunday, Durumchukwu was celebrating his birthday with his friend Chukwuma at a rented flat when they started to argue over who was the world’s best player between between Ronaldo and Messi.
According to reports, Durumchukwu flung a glass of beer at Chukwuma, which missed him and broke against the wall. Chukwuma then picked up a shard of glass and cut his friend’s throat in a fit of rage.
The neighbours, who heard the commotion, informed the police who rushed to the building where several Nigerians stay.
Indian Times further reported that a police team arrested the accused and was taken to court to answer murder charges.
According to the police, Durumchukwu was staying in a rented flat in Mahesh Apartments, Oswal Nagari, on Link Road, Nalasopara (east) with Chukwuma and some more friends for the past few months.
Chukwuma’s visa had expired; while Durumchukwu’s passport and visa had also expired two months ago.
The police are trying to find out why Durumchukwu did not renew his passport and visa.
Argentina international Messi, 28, is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or – the annual award given to the world’s best player by the governing body FIFA. Portugal captain Ronaldo, 31, has won the accolade three times.