A middle-aged woman yesterday threw residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital into uproar following the stabbing to death of a 14 years old boy, Joseph Thomas, along the Genesis street off Okaka road of the state.
The incident, which occurred at about 7.30am on Tuesday morning, threw the neighbors on the street into shock which later degenerated into anger with which a mob descended on the accused woman and nearly beat her to death.
NAIJA LIVE TV gathered that the quick arrival of the Patrol team of the Bayelsa State Police Command rescued the woman from the jaw of death.
Some eyewitnesses told NAIJA LIVE TV that the accused woman is believed to be deranged and had attempted to stab another boy few meters away from where he allegedly committed the murder of the deceased. He stabbed the other boy in the arm along mountain of fire road, Okaka before proceeding to kill her victim.
One of the residents of the Genesis streets identified as Panebi told NAIJA LIVE TV that the woman, who is identified as an indigene of Enugu State, is known to preach the gospel of Christ in the aerly hours of the morning along the Okaka road.
“But on this particular day, she was usually carrying a bible and started displaying strange behaviors by displaying a Dagger. She was chased everyone that come across her. Until she gets to the victims’s house and broke down the door. She dragged the boy to the middle of the road and stabbed him three times. Angry youths on the street started retaliating by attacking her with stones and planks until she fell down. And police came to her rescue before they finished her off. “
The Grandmother of the deceased, Madam Modlyn, who narrated the incident said her grandson was in the house when he was accosted and allegedly killed him.
“I went to buy something. I was at the place when someone told me that a mad woman is looking for me and wanted to kill me. I wondered why a mad woman would be looking for me. I ran into my neighbor’s house to seek refuge and avoid the woman. While at the neighbor’s house, I heard noise from neighbors that she had stabbed my grandson to death.”
Also speaking, a neighbor of the deceased who preferred anonymity said she was preparing her children for school when the incident occurred,”’i bathing my children in preparation for school before the victim’s grandmother started shouting to alert residents that a deranged woman is coming into the street with dangerous weapon. So, ran inside and lock the door. The woman forcefully entered and stabbed the boy.”
The President of the Do Foundation, a group involved in the civil advocacy against domestic violence and violence against children in the state, Barr. Dise Sheilla Ogbise, expressed anger against the killing of the 14 years old, “we are interested in this case and it must be further investigated. A woman just lost her son and relations to the accused woman are already raising the defence of insanity. We are not convinced that she is insane”.
“No Doctor has confirmed it and there is no evidence backing the claim of insanity. This is a clear case of murder except proven otherwise. Let the Bayelsa Police thoroughly investigate the matter”
The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the police authority has the woman in their custody and have arranged extra security for her at the hospital to forestall the plot to kill her on the hospital bed in retaliation for killing the boy.”
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