The police in Kogi State have arrested a man, Hussain Zubairu, for allegedly stabbing his pregnant neighbour, Bose Muhammed, to death.
Zubairu and the pregnant woman lived in the Idogido community of Okene Local Government Area of the state.
He was said to have stabbed the woman in the stomach with a pair of scissors.
She was rushed to a hospital in the area but died on arrival.
It was learnt that a friend of the deceased had visited her last Monday when the incident happened.
Muhammed and the friend were said to be talking about a lost mobile phone when the suspect interfered.
It was gathered that she cautioned Zubairu not to meddle in their discussion and afterwards, an altercation ensued between both.
The suspect was said to have become enraged and descended on the woman with the scissors.
A police source told our correspondent that the suspect was described as violent by some residents of the area. He added that some neighbours claimed he was on drugs.
The source said, “Many residents within that area said he was a drug addict but that has not been confirmed. I learnt the woman (Muhammed) had always been trying to avoid him because he was troublesome.
“On that day, the victim and her friend were chatting and he interrupted.
“She told him to mind his business and that infuriated him. He removed a pair of scissors he hid in his trousers, stabbed her in the stomach and fled.
“The woman lost a lot of blood. She was pronounced dead on getting to the hospital. She was pregnant, but was not living with her husband.”
It was learnt that Zubairu, said to be in his 30s, was later arrested by detectives from the Okene Police Division while the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi State Police Command, ASP Willy Aya, confirmed the incident.
He said the case had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, adding that the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of investigation.
The PPRO said, “The suspect and the deceased were neighbours. There was an argument between them. A friend of the deceased lost a mobile phone, which she later found.
“The friend was discussing the issue with the deceased when the suspect interrupted. She (Muhammed) challenged him for doing so and it degenerated into an argument.
“In the process, the suspect used a pair of scissors to stab her. Before she was rushed to the hospital, she died. The case has been transferred to the SCID and the suspect will be charged to court soon.”