The Bayelsa State Police Command on Monday paraded 13 suspects who were arrested for various crimes.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, said the crimes ranged from alleged killing, kidnapping, armed robbery and gunrunning.
Among the suspects was the 27-year-old Joseph Fekela, who allegedly strangled 25-year-old Katherine Ogouh to death and buried her corpse in his bedroom in the Okaka area of Yenagoa, the State Capital, on July 28, 2022.
In an interview, Fekela said that he was not a Yahoo Boy and that Kate, 25, was not his girlfriend but his younger sister’s friend.
He also denied being a youth pastor, saying he used to work as administrative support staff in an oil firm in Port Harcourt while doing forex trading.
Fekela said that his victim had in the first week of July 2022 given him the sum of N50,000 for investment in forex trade, which he initially hesitated to accept but eventually obliged her.
According to him, Katherine got on his nerves on the day he allegedly killed her.
He said the deceased angered him by labelling him ‘criminal’ and ‘scam’ due to his inability to refund her the N50,000 as he did not agree to the N20,000 monthly interest she demanded.
He said his victim had earlier credited his bank account with the money although he declined to trade with it as the interest was too high.
Fekela narrated that Katherine’s rantings became unbearable and it resulted in a scuffle, saying, “My hand held on to her neck tight and she passed away…I choked her by holding on to her neck.”
“I feel very bad about it because these are simple things I could have prevented (from happening), firstly, by not accepting her to stay in my house; and sticking to my principle of not accepting her finance.
“But I broke my principle of allowing someone to come to stay with me, accepting her money to trade. So, I feel very bad about setting principles and breaking them, and is leading to a very bad tunnel.”