An argument between a police corporal and his senior colleague, an inspector, over who actually “owns” a pretty female recharge card seller, ended in tragedy when the corporal killed the card seller and the inspector, before killing himself.
The incident occurred in the evening of Thursday May 30,2015 in the Karu Town, Nassarawa state near the CBN Junction, when the corporal, who claimed he was interested in the recharge card seller, simply known as Chidinma, saw the inspector and the recharge seller sitting together over some bottles of soft drinks.
According to an eye witness, the corporal alighted from a vehicle and accosted the inspector and the recharge card seller.
While he accused the inspector of encroaching into his territory, he accused the lady of unfaithfulness, saying he had invested in the girl.
The inspector, who regarded the corporal’s allegation as an affront, ordered him to leave the place immediately or get himself dealt with. The corporal was said to have been enraged and threatened that he was going to kill the recharge card seller so that none of them would have her.
The inspector did not take the threat lightly and warned the corporal not to do anything stupid or he would have himself to blame.
The corporal, still fuming with rage walked away from the inspector and the recharge card seller. A few moments later, unknown to the inspector, the corporal cocked his AK-47 rifle, walked to the duo of lovebirds and killed the girl with one shot.
Before the inspector could cock his own riffle, the corporal also shot and killed him instantly. Looking bemused, the corporal aimed the riffle at his own head and killed himself with one bullet.
Pandemonium was said to have broken out in the town as residents and passers-by thronged the place to take a glimpse of the three slain persons lying in a pool of their blood. A team of police personnel later came and evacuated the bodies of the slain.
The recharge card seller was identified as a poor homeless girl who was taking refuge in a popular church in Karu Town before the incident.