The Akwa Ibom State police command on Monday confirmed the arrest of a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Odume Paschaline, who allegedly hacked her young man to death in the state.
Upon being interrogated by the police after being arrested, the corps member who was nabbed while trying to jump over a fence after killing the young man identified as Japhet Akwaowo, reportedly said she did it in self-defence.
The command’s spokesman, Odiko Macedon, who confirmed the development to journalists in Uyo, said the corps member was arrested because she “killed one Akwaowo.”
Odiko Ogbeche-Macdon said Odume claimed Akwaowo threatened to kill her upon her refusal to oblige his request to remove her clothes so that he could have sex with her.
“She actually killed the young man identified as Akwaowo Japhet. She said she went to buy bean cake, akara, and saw a man that beckoned to her to come over to him. She said she went to meet him, they got talking and she found herself in his house.
“She said she waited for him outside and he went inside to bring a knife. He said he was going to stab her and no one would know what happened. She also said Japhet asked her to remove her clothes and she refused. What basically happened was that she overpowered him.”
According to further reports the NYSC coordinator in the state, Julius Amusan, confirmed that Paschaline is a corps member serving in the state.
He described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate.”