A 48-year-old mother of six, Mrs. Ebere Dike, has been arrested over the death of her lover, Mr. Otti-Oriekpa Mike, at the Morogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
According to Newtelegraph Newspaper, the deceased, who is a businessman, was said to have died in Dike’s apartment after he met another man, identified as Samuel, in the apartment he rented for his lover.
It was learnt that when Mike saw Samuel in the apartment, an argument ensued, and he angrily left the apartment.
However, a deeper trouble broke out after the discovery of his lifeless body by the side of his vehicle, which was parked downstairs.
When policemen from Morogbo Police Station were contacted, they went to the scene and arrested Dike.
She was later transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.
A relative of the deceased, who gave his name simply as Imokwe, said: “My late brother was not living with the woman. She only had a baby girl for him and had five children with her former husband.
“On that fateful day, he visited her without prior notice, only to find another man with her.”
Dike, however, denied that Mike was attacked and killed as was being alleged and suspected by the police.
She explained that Mike slumped during an argument with his alleged rival. “Mike accused me of cheating on him when he saw Samuel, my business partner, with me.
“He got angry and walked out of the apartment. When he got downstairs, he kicked his car, but it didn’t respond.
“Samuel also became angry with me and walked out of the room. On getting downstairs, he met Mike still battling to fix his car. They started quarrelling and in the process, Mike slumped on the spot. Nobody fought with him.”
It was learnt that in her earlier statement at Morogbo Police Station, Dike refused to mention Samuel’s surname, until she got to the SCIID.
As at press time, Samuel’s whereabouts is unknown. His phone line had been switched off. The case was further complicated when Dike denied knowing where Samuel resides.
Meanwhile, Autopsy was carried out on the deceased. The result showed that Mike was hypertensive and died of cardiac arrest. There were no marks of violence on his body.
The case had been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Lagos for advice.dp