A 9-year-old girl escaped being lynched by an angry mob after she stabbed a 5-year-old girl to death in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Monday, June 23.
According to PUNCH report, the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife at Igbogene, on the outskirts of Yenagoa metropolis, after they had a minor argument.
The reason for the killing is yet unknown as residents have given two different versions of what happened.
The first version, according to a source who pleaded anonymity was that the suspect was possessed and under witchcraft attack. As they were both playing, an argument ensued and the 9-year-old went for a knife and stabbed the victim three times and she realized her victim was bleeding profusely, she attempted to run. Residents who heard the little girls cry for help had rushed to scene, attempting to revive her but she’d died already before they could help her.
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The second version indicated that the murder was as a result of a quarrel between the suspect and the deceased, who were playing before the ugly incident.
It was gathered from sources that the deceased was allegedly taunting the suspect, who became uncontrollably angry and used a knife they were playing with to stab the victim who died on the spot.
Some angry residents reportedly attempted to retaliate by killing the suspect but she was saved by the policemen at Igbogene police station who intervened and she was whisked away by residents who were not in support of jungle justice.
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An eyewitness simply identified as Ebitimi, said the aggrieved residents moved to the station where the suspect was taken to for safety, demanding her release to them but the police refused.
A reinforcement headed by the Divisional Police Officer of Akenfa Police Division in Yenagoa stormed the police station, dispersed the rampaging residents and rescued the suspect.
The suspect is now cooling off in a cell at Akenfa Police station, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Confirming the incident, Spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe said the matter is under investigation.
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