The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, Ben Okolo, on Friday confirmed the stabbing to death of a police officer by one of his colleague.
The commissional said he has ordered the detention of the suspect and an investigation into the incident.
This was disclosed in a statement by Mr Okolo, from the police spokesperson in the state, Asinmi Butswat.
The suspect, who was identified as Governor Akpoboloukeme, a sergeant, was said to be off-duty when he stabbed another sergeant, Sapele Eyeridideke, to death over a minor misunderstanding
The incident occurred on Thursday at Edepie, Yenagoa, according to Mr Butswat.
It was reported that the suspect immediately fled the scene and attempted to flee to a neighbouring state when he was arrested on the East/West Road.
A witness who recounted how the incident happened, said the two police officers, who are cousins, attended a marriage ceremony at a popular hotel in Yenagoa where the slain officer “made a joke that did not go well with the other officer.”
The two were almost engaged in a fight before their friends stepped in to talk to them, they later left the venue of the marriage ceremony and went their separate ways.
Rather than home, the suspect was said to have trailed the victim to a secluded place and stabbed him with a dagger on the left part of his rib cage, killing him instantly, the witness said.
The corpse has been deposited at a mortuary as at the time of filling this report.