A police inspector, Tuddy Warebayigha, was arrested for killing his wife after a prolonged dispute in custody of some of his nine children.
The inspector, who worked in the Kaima Police Division, in the local government area of Kolokuma/Opokuma, in Bayelsa, reportedly shot his wife, Charity, in the legs and stomach.
The deceased, who was a teacher, reportedly died on the spot after the shooting that threw the entire community of Sampou in mourning.
Sources said the killer policeman was known for his irregular behavior and heavy lifestyle in relation to alcohol consumption.
One of the sources, who spoke confidently, said: “The Sampou indigenous people who witnessed the incident said that although the couple was no longer as husband and wife, the police inspector generally threatened to deal with his wife. When she was returning from the farm, her armed and drunken husband approached her and demanded the whereabouts of his children.
“The deceased did not react to all the abuses uttered by the husband. The police raised his rifle and shot her in the leg. Other sympathizers tried to grab him from behind and possibly disarm him, but it failed. He then threatened to kill anyone who intervened.
“After he had shot her in the stomach, he was seen calling an unknown person on phone, boasting that he shot her and taught her a lesson.”
When contacted, police public relations officer Butswat Asinim confirmed the incident.
He said: “On 2/24/20, around 1:50 pm, Inspector Tuddy Warebayigha, serving in the Kaima Police Division in Bayelsa State, shot his wife, Mrs. Charity Francis Tuddy, on his way to the farm in Sampou, Kolokuma / Opukuma local government area. , about marital misunderstanding ”.
“The victim was rushed to the hospital immediately, on getting there her death was confirmed. The suspect was arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation. He was breached and, if found guilty, will be fired and prosecuted before the court. “