The police in Rivers state on Wednesday said that it has arrested one Jim Zaccheus for allegedly killing and secretly burying his girlfriend, Peace Matthias in his room last Saturday in the Elechi beach area of Diobu, Port Harcourt.
The new Rivers state police commissioner, Mohammed Indabawa disclosed this while speaking during his maiden press briefing in Port Harcourt.
“I think he had a quarrel with his girlfriend. Then he killed her and buried her in his room,” the commissioner said.
Channels Television reporter learnt that the suspect had been suspicious of his girlfriend over a new hair style she made and demanded to know how she got the money, a situation that led to a quarrel between them.
Not satisfied with her explanation, the suspect was said to have beaten her to death, although it was not clear if he used any object on the victim.
However, neighbours had suspected the movements of the suspect, coupled with a strong stench that was coming out of the room and had alerted security operatives who forced the door open and exhumed the victim’s decomposing body.
The police commissioner said that the suspect has already confessed to committing the crime and will soon be charge to the court once investigation into the matter is concluded.
Gang-rape suspect in police net
The new Rivers police commissioner told journalist at the press briefing that the command had arrested four out of seven suspects who gang-raped a 14-year old girl in the Rumuodonmaya area of Obio/Akpor local government axis of the city.
Mr Indabawa who recently took office as police chief for Rivers also said he planned to continue with the fight against entrenched corruption among officers and men of the command, adding that he would use everything in his powers to reduce crime rate in the state to the lowest.