The Bayelsa State Police Command on Tuesday paraded one Christopher Chiabata, a 56-year old man for killing his 46-year old wife with mortar pestle over domestic brawl.
Chiabata, who is a native of Anambra State, confessed to newsmen while being paraded at the police headquarters in Yenagoa that he hit his wife with a pestle during a heated argument arising from the sales of their farm produce.
“It is a long story. Any time she goes to the market, my wife would carry all the money that we worked from the farm and put it in her pocket. It is getting to two years now, she has not given me any account.
“When I asked her to give me the account, she refused and as we went to the farm, quarrel burst out. As we returned, she now parked my belongings and threw them outside. From there, annoyance entered me and I threw the mortar pestle on her head,” he recounted.
It was revealed that Chiabata drank substance suspected to be sniper to take his own life when he realized that he had killed his wife but was resuscitated and rescued by neighbours before he was arrested.
In the same vein, one Lazarus Josiah, ’29’ was arrested for allegedly hacking his 58-year old mother, Mrs. Chain Bisop to death at Odioma in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
The 26-year old, who confessed to the crime, said he suspected his mother to be a witch who was responsible for his retrogression, confessing that “l used my bare hands to kill her because she wanted me to stay with her forever.”
Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mike Okoli said the command also arrested a 5-man notorious armed robbery gang that specialized in masquerading as government taskforce to rob members of the public, adding that locally made pistols and live ammunition were recovered from them.
Also paraded was one Monk Steamer who allegedly led armed men to the compound of one Etolor Omolojo, shot him dead and injured others over community election at Amabolou in Ekeremor LGA of the state.
The police also paraded some officials of the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for attempting to sell 444 pieces of mattresses belonging to the agency.
One of the suspected mattress thieves, Mr. Doloebiowei Kime from Amassoma in Southern Ijaw local government area, who described himself as a Director in SEMA, said he and other officials decided to sell the truckload of mattresses because both the state and federal governments did not give them money to distribute the items to the target flood victims.
During a sting operation, the commissioner of police said seven suspected cultists were arrested while one tricycle, three locally made pistols and three mobile phones were recovered from them.
Addressing the press, he cautioned criminally minded elements to steer clear of the state as Bayelsa would no longer be conducive for their nefarious activities.
“These successes recorded within few days wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of the members of the public.
“The command under my watch will continue to work with other security agencies and members of the public to reduce crime to the barest minimum in Bayelsa state,” Okoli added.