A serving corps member, identified as Princess Odume, has been arrested by the police after she allegedly hacked her male friend to death with a machete.
The young woman, who is said to be a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, was stripped naked and humiliated by neighbours of the deceased who caught her trying to jump over the fence with the cutlass.
According to an eyewitness account, Odume was caught on Sunday at Abak Road after neighbours saw the corpse of the yet-to-be identified man lying in a pool of blood with several cuts on his body.
A Facebook user, who was at the scene of the incident, posted on his timeline: “She was accused of killing a young guy early this morning at Abak Road. I saw a large crowd gathered at Abak Road by Afaha Offot so I ran there. Lo and behold, this young lady was being beaten and stripped totally naked.
“She was found this morning around 9.30am trying to jump over the fence of a young guy she went for hook-up with. Bloodstains were all over her so she was caught and beaten to stupor and also stripped naked. (I won’t be able to post the video on my timeline because it’s so disgusting).
“She macheted a young guy to death (killed a young man with a machete) this morning whom she went out with. She killed the young guy instantly after several cuts on his stomach and face, but while trying to jump over a fence, she was caught.
“Some bike men (commercial motorcyclists) there said that she used to send them (to get her) weed always, ever since she was deployed to Akwa Ibom for her NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).”
Odume was duly arrested by the police for further interrogation.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Ogbeche-Macdon, who confirmed the incident, said the culprit had been arrested and that the police had begun investigating the issue.
He said, “The police are investigating. The police have her in custody, she committed the act but as I speak, investigation is ongoing as to how and why she did it.”
In his reaction, Julius Amusan, the coordinator for the Akwa Ibom NYSC, described the case as “an unfortunate development.”
He warned corps members to steer off crime, adding that being with the NYSC doesn’t make them immune to prosecution.
“The report was brought to us yesterday evening and we contacted the police. It was the police that told us the lady was almost lynched after she hacked her boyfriend to death. We were not there,” Amusan told TheCable Lifestyle.
“We were not told how it happened or what led to it. Circumstances surrounding the case are still sketchy. We’re relying on the police for information because they’re the ones who went to the scene of the incident to pick her up.
“It’s a sad and unfortunate development. Apart from being an officer, I’ve been a parent. I know what takes to train a child up to that level only for this to happen barely a month to the end of their service year. We’re not happy.
“We’ve given this sermon time and again. As a female corps member, you should keep your honour. You don’t need to be going after men all about. We’ve always told them to steer clear of any form of criminality.
“Being a corps member doesn’t confer immunity on you if you commit a crime. You can’t say, because you’re with the NYSC, you cannot be prosecuted. You have one year to spend. You owe your parents. Do your service and go.
“Don’t sell yourself cheap. I must sincerely say that what has happened is a huge embarrassment. It’s very sad.”