By Victor Ernest
A military man, Sunday Umaru, has been arraigned before a Barkin-Ladi High Court in Plateau state, for allegedly killing his lover, Charity Thomas, over a phone call.
Umaru, a married man, was a Private in the Nigerian Army and on posting at the Special Task Force (STF), sector 7, Barkin Ladi, at the time of the incident, on Jan. 23, 2016.
He was specifically accused of killing his lover, Charity, who came to visit him from Kaduna, by stabbing her with a knife in the stomach and slaughtering her thereafter.
The prosecutor, W.T Awe, of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, told the court that the Nigerian Army had investigated the accused, dismissed him after finding him guilty, and handed him over to the police for prosecution.
He said that the accused person had told the police, in a confessional statement, that the deceased visited him sometime in January 2016, after which they had a misunderstanding due to a phone call which led to her death.
”In the statement, the accused alleged that the deceased used a kitchen knife to stab herself after which he (accused), removed the knife and ‘helped’ her to complete the act by slaughtering her,” Awe stated.
Awe stated further that during investigation, the police discovered several gory pictures and videos of the deceased that the accused took in his phone, immediately after the murder.
The accused has, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge