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Manage Your Temper: Self-Defense Claims Not A Free Pass For Violence, Says Delta Police PRO

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SP Bright Edafe





The Delta State Police Command has urged Nigerians to manage their anger and avoid violent confrontations, emphasizing that claims of self-defense in murder cases are ultimately for the court to decide.

Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, made this statement while parading two murder suspects who claimed their actions were in self-defense.

Despite their claims, the suspects are facing murder charges, he said, in a post on his official X handle on Friday,

Edafe narrated two instances where altercations turned deadly, resulting in murder charges for the individuals involved.

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He explained that the suspects, despite claims that their actions which led to the death of their victims were self-defence, are being prosecuted for the offence.

He wrote, “Among these suspects paraded were two suspects both involved in suspected murder cases. The first one happened in Ozoro where the girlfriend suspected of being under the influence of drugs while fighting with the boyfriend, used a knife to cut him in his hands, the boy retaliated and stabbed the girlfriend in her shoulder.
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“Guess what? She bled to death, and the guy is facing a murder charge. Call it self-defence, that’s for the court to decide.

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“In another instance here in Asaba, a who visited a family friend told the wife that the husband had been asking her out, the wife called and confronted the husband who got angry and asked the girl to leave their house.

“Instead, she went to the kitchen, and the man followed her, one thing led to the other, the man stabbed the lady and she also died.

“The man is going for murder charges. I repeat call it self-defence, it’s for the court to decide.

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He cautioned the public to control their temper and avoid violent situations, as self-defense claims will be determined by the court.

“My reason for narrating this story is for us to be guided and manage our temper very well to avoid being in this kind of situation. A word is enough for the wise.”

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