Charles Nwoke, Yenagoa, Nigeria
December 16, 2020
A jealous lover, Etifa Obukulubu, 40-year-old, who set ablaze a pastor and his disgruntled inamorata ablaze at the Igbogene axis of Bayelsa State in October, explained to newsmen yesterday that he caught both of them on a bed cavorting.
The man, who was among 45 suspects of various degrees of crimes paraded by the Police Command in Bayelsa, said he acted in anger after peeping through the window to see the pastor on top of his girlfriend having a nice time.
According to reports, the officiating pastor of the New Baptist Church and a female assistant was burnt to death when the aggrieved Obukulubu set the home of the pastor on fire over suspicion of infidelity on the side of his female lover.
The estranged lover while narrating to newsmen at the Police Command the reason behind his action disclosed, “It was due to anger that I carried out the arson. We have been dating for four years and this year, between October 30 and 31, I realized that my girlfriend was always going to the pastor’s house each time I was not at home.
“When I found out the affair between the pastor and my girlfriend, I became angry and all I could think of at the time was to set them ablaze. It was anger that made me set them ablaze. I caught them red-handed sleeping on the bed after I peep through the window,” he narrated.
Others paraded with Obukulubu were five suspects apprehended in connection with the last month incursion of the country home of the former governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, and the murdering of a police inspector at Toru Orua community of Sagbama Local Government Council.
Another person paraded was a 41-year-old staff of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, who was nabbed in regards to the alleged rape of a lady that just completed her mandatory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
Mike Okoli, the Commissioner for Police Bayelsa State Command while parading the suspects, revealed that though crime could not be totally eradicated in the country, the police were doing their best in combating crime in the State.
The PPRO disclosed that due to intelligence gathering and investigations, the police apprehended the five suspects that raided the former governor’s home in search of hidden money purportedly kept in a church in the compound.
On the cult crisis rocking Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Capital, the Police Spokesman confirmed the arrest of two rival cult group’s kingpins known as the Greenlanders and Bobos.
He equally warned residents of the State to eschew crimes and be law-abiding as the command would not pity anyone found culpable in rape and child defilement crime.