A custody battle in Rivers State took a different turn after a police inspector identified as Tuddy Warebayigha shot his wife dead.
The killer cop serving at Kaima Police Division in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, is said to be notorious for his ‘erratic behaviour and being an alcoholic’.
It was gathered that his wife Charity, who is a teacher died on the spot after being shot at close range on her legs and stomach after he accosted her over the custody of their 9 children.
An eyewitness told The Nation;
“Sampou indigenes that witnessed the incident, said though the couple were no longer together as husband and wife, the Police inspector usually threatened to deal with the wife. As she was on her way home from the farm, her armed and tipsy husband accosted her and demanded for the whereabouts of the children.
“The deceased did not react to all the abuses by her husband. Her police husband cocked his rifle and shot her in the leg. Other sympathizers attempted to grip him from behind and possibly disarm him but failed. He threatened to kill anyone who intervened.”
“After he shot her in the stomach, he was seen making phone call to an unknown person boasting that he had shot her and taught her a lesson”.
The state’s police spokesperson, Butswat Asinim also confirmed the incident. He said;
“On 24/02/2020 at about 1350 hours, Inspector Tuddy Warebayigha, serving at Kaima Police Division, Bayelsa State shot his wife, Mrs Charity Francis Tuddy on her way to the farm at Sampou, Kolokuma/ Opukuma Local Government Area, over marital misunderstanding”.
“The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead. The suspect was arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department for further Investigation. He has been defaulted and if found culpable, will be dismissed and charge to court.”