What could have made a police officer to use a gun to kill a woman said to be his lover and later used the same gun to kill himself is a mystery police operatives of the Kwara State Police Command are trying to unravel over the incident.
According to the state police command in a statement posted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the online news agency of the Federal Government, the officer, whose name was not disclosed, shot the woman dead at a school premises in Ilorin, the state capital, on Thursday morning and later shot himself dead with the same gun.
It was gathered that when the woman arrived at the school with her child, the police officer accosted her, had some discussions with her before shooting her twice and immediately shot himself to death also.
The News Agency of Nigeria also reported that a man, claiming to be a property owner said the police officer and the woman hired an apartment from him some weeks back and had been behaving like lovebirds until they started having problems since five days earlier.
“They have been having issues since five days ago. When they rented the house, we were always happy with the way they showed love to each other.
“Some say the police officer was a man friend of the woman, but they had been quarrelling for the past few days now," the man said.
Police spokesman in Kwara State, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed that a police officer killed a woman and himself on Thursday in Ilorin, adding that while details were still sketchy, he was told that it was a case of love affair gone sour.
Okasanmi said the police had begun investigation into the matter.
Below are some of the text of the report on NAN on Thursday.
Police officer shoots “mistress” to death in Ilorin, kills self
Ilorin, March 2, 2023 (NAN) Police in Kwara are investigating a homicide in which a police officer shot a woman to death at a school premises on Thursday in Ilorin.
The police officer also shot himself to death after the murder.
The murdered woman was believed to be mistress of the police officer.
An eye-witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that upon arrival at the school with her child, the police officer accosted the murdered woman, had some discussions with her before shooting her twice.
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