A barber, Dickson Edet, has allegedly caused the death of his 23-year-old girlfriend after an argument over infidelity, Punch Newspaper reports.
The incident happened in Igbo-Etche, in the Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A community source told PUNCH Metro that the victim, Glory Odamni, was constantly assaulted by her boyfriend, adding that the suspect, in the past, had been arrested and reprimanded by security operatives for the act.
The source said during the latest assault on Tuesday, the victim fell while running into a nearby compound to escape the usual attack.
She was said to have lost consciousness as attempts to resuscitate her failed.
Our correspondent was told that she was rushed to a hospital, where doctors later confirmed her dead.
Angered by the development, some residents were said to have deposited Glory’s lifeless body at a plaza where her boyfriend worked as a barber on Igbo-Etche Road.
The deceased’s relatives later removed the body and deposited it in a mortuary.
Brother to the deceased, Sunny Odamni, said he was not aware that his sister was being assaulted by her boyfriend.
“I discovered that he used something to hit her on the head. She got internal bleeding. They rushed her to a hospital that evening on May 18. When they got there, the doctors tried to revive her, but there was no way.”
“Nobody told me that such a thing was going on. That day was the first time I heard it and my sister did not complain to me that this was what had been happening. I need justice,” he said.
Our correspondent learnt that Glory had confronted the suspect with allegations of infidelity, which led to the argument.
After the incident, the suspect was handed over to the Elimgbu Police Station.
The state Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, said he had yet to get a report of the incident.