Tragedy struck yesterday [May 8] at the Agudama suburb of Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital when a man in his late thirties stabbed his girlfriend to death and attempted to kill himself by drinking poisonous substance suspected to be sniper.
The deceased identified as Rita Abalorun, aged 35, was reportedly stabbed with a knife by her boyfriend simply known as James. The tragic incident, according to Vanguard occurred at about 11.20 am at the lovers’ residence at the sleepy Agudama settlement in the outskirts of Yenagoa.
Though the motive of the attack could not be immediately ascertained as the suspect (James), was found unconscious in a nearby bush and is yet to give his statement to the police. He was said to have dealt his girlfriend a deadly stab following a bitter quarrel over his alleged indecent affairs with the deceased sister.
On realizing the enormity of his action, the man was said to have hurriedly arranged a tricycle operator popularly known as Keke NAPEP to convey the deceased to the hospital. It was however learnt that instead of the Keke operator rushing the victim to the hospital as instructed diverted to the Akenfa police station where she was confirmed dead before she could be taken to hospital for treatment.
James was said to have taken to his heels but was later traced to a nearby bush by security operatives on his trail where he was found unconscious. He was believed to have drank a poisonous substance suspected to be sniper.
The state police public relations officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident. He said the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa while the suspect is receiving treatment at the hospital under police watch.