One Ekanem Ikot, 31, has allegedly killed his 27-year-old girlfriend, Edith Owei, from Delta State in a hotel room for allegedly infecting him with gonorrhea.
The suspect fled the hotel after the incident on Monday, leaving the victim’s lifeless body on the ground. People reportedly in the know say the suspect and the victim were in a relationship close to six months before the dastard act.
Another insider said the suspect, who hails from Akwa Ibom, allegedly lured the victim to Minna in Niger State after she had deceived her parents that she was going to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, to collect her NYSC call-up letter, having graduated from the Department of Chemistry.
It was further gathered that after the family members had waited for days to no avail and without hearing from her, they were said to have called her mobile telephone number several times without any answer; a development that overwhelmed them with suspicion.
Surprisingly, the victim’s boyfriend, after some days, sent a text message to the elder sister, one Felicia, informing her of the death of the sister in a hotel room in Minna as well as allegedly claiming responsibility.
Felicia, who narrated the incident to Southern City News, said:
“We immediately reported the matter to the police who then sent a radio message to Minna to ascertain if such incident took place there and it was confirmed to be true.”
The victim’s sister added that the police and one of her uncles travelled to Minna, where they identified her corpse and brought it to Asaba.
The victim’s body had since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Hospital, Asaba, even as unconfirmed sources said the suspect allegedly killed the victim when he noticed gonorrhea symptoms after he made love to her before they moved into Minna.
Contacted for reaction, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, told Punch she had yet to be briefed on the matter, but promised to do her findings and get back to their correspondent.