Police officer shoots wife dead over children’s custody

Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a Police Inspector identified as Tuddy Warebayigha for shooting his wife dead.

He was said to have committed the crime following a lingering dispute on custody of some of their nine children.

The inspector, serving at Kaima Police Division in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, reportedly shot his wife, Charity, at close range on her legs and stomach.

The deceased, who was a teacher reportedly died on the spot following the shooting that threw the entire Sampou community into mourning.

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A man who spoke with newsmen in the community said the Inspector was known for his erratic behaviour and heavy alcohol consumption lifestyle.

One of the sources, who spoke in confidence said: “Sampou indigenes that witnessed the incident, said though the couple were no longer together as husband and wife, the Police inspector usually threatened to deal with the wife. As she was on her way home from the farm, her armed and tipsy husband accosted her and demanded the whereabouts of the children.

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“The deceased did not react to all the abuses by her husband. Her police husband cocked his rifle and shot her in the leg. Other sympathizers attempted to grip him from behind and possibly disarm him but failed. He threatened to kill anyone who intervened.”

“After he shot her in the stomach, he was seen making phone call to an unknown person boasting that he had shot her and taught her a lesson”.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Butswat Asinim, who confirmed the incident said, “On 24/02/2020 at about 1350 hours, Inspector Tuddy Warebayigha, serving at Kaima Police Division, Bayelsa State shot his wife, Mrs Charity Francis Tuddy on her way to the farm at Sampou, Kolokuma/ Opukuma Local Government Area, over marital misunderstanding”.

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“The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead. The suspect was arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation. He has defaulted and if found culpable, will be dismissed and charged to court.”


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