Defence & Security

Bayelsa police parades murder suspect, 13 others

By Paul Michael

The Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has paraded a murder suspect, Joseph Fekala, 27, who allegedly strangled 25-year-old Kate Ogwoh and buried her in a shallow grave at his apartment in Okaka, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

Also paraded were suspected sea pirates who have been terrorizing Southern Ijaw and Ekeremor Local Government Areas, as well as other suspected criminals engaging in kidnapping activity across the state.

Public Relations Officer of the Command, Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police (SP) disclosed this on Monday while briefing reporters during the parade at the Command’s headquarters in Yenagoa.

Butswat said that investigation has revealed that the murder of Ogwoh was linked to a certain amount of money that the suspect owed the deceased.

“We called you today to intimate you with recent developments in our effort in fighting crime in Bayelsa State.

“One of the most disturbing reports received over the weekend was a case of murder involving a young man and a lady of 25 years old.

“Precisely, on Friday, 29 July 2022 we received a disturbing report from the Okaka community that a young man named Joseph Fekala, 27 years old murdered one Kate Ogwor, 25 years old by strangling her to death and buried her in a shallow grave in his apartment at Okaka.

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“Our operatives were mobilised to the scene with the help of some medical experts, the corpse was exhumed and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary for autopsy.

“We have other reports which involve cases of kidnapping that happened at Ekeremor Local Government Area, Aleibiri community ransom was collected by the kidnappers and they have been arrested.

“We have another report from the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Korokorosei community where about four suspects were arrested over the weekend in the case of sea piracy which attacked a passengers’ boat,” the spokesperson stated.

Meanwhile, the murder suspect, Fekala in an interview with newsmen said the deceased was his sister’s friend who begged to stay in his two-bedroom apartment to get some privacy.

According to him, he was feeling very bad for murdering Ogwoh, saying the act would have been avoidable if he had not allowed her to stay in his house and that both of them would not have had any business together, which was the cause of their argument that led to her death.

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