A 27-year-old man identified as Promise David has reportedly beat his 18-year-old girlfriend to death, following a minor disagreement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
According to sources, the deceased, Miss Esther Pascal who was also the mother of a 2-year old baby was beaten to death by the father of her child during a fight.
The incident occurred along the Ebi’s Mechanic Road in the state capital at about 12 am on Monday.
Sources close to the partners said the fight broke out between the two love birds over the issues of feeding and money for welfare for the family.
Eyewitnesses said the quarrels between the lovers had become more frequent, but on that fateful day, they were woken up at about 11.30 pm on Sunday by the loud cry of the deceased for help.
“By the time few of us got to their door, it was locked from inside. But we forced it open and met the deceased on the floor. “We tried to revive her with water thinking she fainted.
“But we discovered that she was dead. We immediately apprehended the man and alerted the police,” a resident said.
Though it is not yet clear what the actual cause of death is, there are several speculations, some claimed the man used a heavy object to hit the woman on the head, others said she was dealt a heavy blow.
Members of the Gender Response Initiatives established by the Wife of the Bayelsa Governor, Mrs Glory Diri have paid a visit to the scene of the crime and Barrister Dise Sheila Ogbise, the deputy coordinator and member of the Gender Response Initiatives, described the incident as most unfortunate.
She called for more advocacy to end issues of domestic violence and violence against the girl child.
The Spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat also confirmed the incident and said the suspect has been arrested while investigation is ongoing.