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Crime Updated: April 06, 2024

Bayelsa: Police arrest teenager over death of 14-year-old lover

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
April 06, 2024
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A 17-year-old boy called Lucky Okubo has been taken into custody for the suspected murder of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Shallon Ebitare, according to the Nigeria Police Force's Bayelsa State Command.

The deceased is said to have lived in Yenagoa's Akaibiri Community.

A detailed inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the girl's murder at a Yenagoa hotel has been ordered by Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, Alonyenu Francis Idu, according to a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Musa Mohammed.

The culprit allegedly confessed during interrogation that he had brought the girl to a hotel to have sex after being apprehended by police officials from the Ekeki Divisional Police Headquarters.

“The suspect claimed that the deceased went to the bathroom to take her bath but fell, in which she sustained injuries. Sequel to this, he invited the Hotel Manager who assisted in taking the deceased to FMC, Yenagoa, where she was confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor on duty.

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“Meanwhile, the suspect is in custody at the SCID, Yenagoa, while an investigation continues with a view to ascertain the cause of death.

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, urge the general public to remain calm, vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station or call the command control emergency numbers,” Leadership quoted the police spokesperson saying.

Meanwhile, a clash between the Opolo and Okutukutu communities in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of property over a land dispute.

The conflict, which erupted on Monday, saw youths from both communities engaging in communal violence over the ancestral boundaries of their communal land. Additionally, property belonging to non-indigenes in the area was reportedly destroyed by the rampaging youths.

According to some indigenous of Opolo who spoke anonymously to the Nigerian Tribune, the fight between the two communities is unnecessary as they have previously coexisted peacefully for many years.

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They attributed the conflict to the development and increased property development in the area due to Yenagoa being the state capital.

The youth president of Okutukutu Community, Kester Wilcox, explained that the violence was initiated by youths from Opolo who attacked Okutukutu Community and began destroying property. In response, property owners, particularly non-indigenes, mobilized to protect their belongings and retaliated.

While the exact casualty figures remain uncertain, Wilcox urged both communities and residents to embrace peace for the accelerated development of the area.

He acknowledged the longstanding boundary issue between the communities but emphasized that it should not escalate into violent attacks on innocent people.

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