By Emma Una, Calabar
A navy rating attached to the NNS Anansa, Calabar, Udo Edet, last Sunday, allegedly stabbed to death a police corporal, identified as Sunday Agida, attached to the Akim Police Division, Calabar for ‘interfering’ in a squabble between him and a lady. The rating is currently cooling his heels at the Cross River State Criminal Investigation Department, (CID), Diamond Hill, Calabar.
The incident reportedly started when the rating, driving in a Toyota Camry after the excitement of the Super Eagles victory over Burkina-Faso in the Cup of Nations final, hit one Mrs. Bassey’s Honda Accord Car and inflicted a deep dent at the rear of the car which resulted in an argument with the woman. The woman allegedly insisted that Edet should pay for the damage on her car.
But Edet allegedly brushed off the woman’s demand, threatening to create a scene. Sensing that the man was not going to settle the matter amicably, Mrs Bassey, according to an eye witness, “put a phone call to her husband informing him of the development and her husband phoned the Akim Area Police Command, soliciting for their intervention in the matter”.
A team was sent to the scene but the rating refused to go with them to the police station.
It was at this point that the slain corporal and one of his friends joined the crowd to appeal to the rating to follow the woman to the police station, to resolve the matter. By then, a crowd had gathered, and the continued demand by the crowd that Edet should follow the policemen to the station angered him the more, especially when he discovered that Agida and his friend who just joined the crowd were also policemen and he began to accuse Agida and his friend of interfering in a matter they knew nothing about.
An eye witness said the suspect threatened to “deal with them – Agidi and friend – if they didn’t leave the scene”.
In apparent transfer of aggression, Edet allegedly dashed into his car and brought out a dagger and stabbed the policeman in the stomach, opening a hole in the stomach revealing the victim’s intestines .
Realising his action, the rating started crying.
Agida joined the police in 2009. He was married with two children. The wife is said to be two-months pregnant.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Cross River Police Command , DSP John Imoh, said the suspect had been arrested and would appear in court soon.