Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Man Stones Girlfriend to Death

Calabar — THE relationship between Miss Roseline Ijeoma Christopher, who was 23 years old and her boyfriend, one Lawrence Ufan Ette ended in a tragic mood as the boyfriend allegedly stoned the pretty Rose to death.

According to the landlady of the deceased Miss Dorothy Bassey who resides at 13 Academy Street, Calabar, Roseline met her untimely death as a result of a brawl with her boy friend who is now on the run.

Bassey said that Roseline and her siblings along with their aged mother had been living together and she had been in a relationship for sometime with Lawrence but his attitude towards her never showed that he loved the deceased.

The attitude, she explained prompted her mother to stop him from coming to the house to see the girl. "But even with the instruction from the old woman, Lawrence kept sneaking in to see the girl particularly at night."

The Arochukwu-born fair girl never knew that last Sunday was her last day on earth when Lawrence sneaked in as usual to see her. It was gathered that there was a misunderstanding between them which led her to tell Lawrence to leave her room.

"Unknown to her, when he left, he took along her phone and after some time, Nne, Ijeoma's younger sister wanted to chat on 'to go' and asked the elder sister for the phone but the phone was nowhere to be found.

"That was when she discovered that the boy had picked the phone and she told Nne that the phone had been taken away by Lawrence who just left the room."

Nne, the landlady said, was angry over what Lawrence did and decided to go after him "but while Nne took the main exit and headed towards Target Street , the boy sneaked back to the house through the short cut from Webber Street and they missed each other on the way".

It was gathered when the boyfriend came back to the house, he exchanged words with Roseline and she asked him to give her the phone but he would not and a fight ensued.

"She did not scream while they were struggling because she wanted to send him away quietly without arousing the mother but that was her mistake as Lawrence stepped out of the room and got a stone and went inside and hit her". The young landlady said.

When he realized that Roseline was dead, Lawrence allegedly attempted to dispose of the body by throwing it over the fence.

"He carried her on his shoulder towards the backyard and was trying to throw the body over the fence when her mother who was wondering what the commotion was called Nne if thrives had invaded the house so early because the time was just past nine pm".

It was when Nne went towards the backyard to find out what was wrong that Lawrence allegedly abandoned the effort to throw the girl over the fence and fled.

"Since it was dark, a neighbour who had torchlight came with it that was when the body was found inside the gutter". She said.

The body of the deceased had been taken to the mortuary of the General Hospital Calabar while the suspected assailant had disappeared to the thin air.

A source at his 10 Anating Street in Calabar South where he resides after the alleged killing said he "hurriedly came here and packed some clothes into a bag and left and has since not been seen. His mother died some two months ago and the father is hypertensive now he has gone to kill his girl friend, his life has come to a close,"

The Police Public Relations Officer, of the state command, DS P John Umoh said the matter which was reported at Atakpa Police Station was being handled by the homicide unit of the police adding that, "it will not be long before we get him, the advisable thing for him to do is to come out of hiding now."

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