by Kolapo Olapoju
Lagos Police have arrested 28-year-old Raphael Effiong, for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death on Tuesday, 29 July, during the course of a fight in a hotel in Alapere, Ketu, Lagos state.
Effiong and his girlfriend, Gift Sunday reportedly checked into a room in the hotel on Tuesday evening, but sometime later, staff of the hotel heard screams from the room, which prompted them to rush their and forcefully open the door, after which they found the barely conscious girl in a pool of her blood.
She was immediately rushed to a private hospital on Elebiju Street, Ketu, where she died despite the attempts to save her life.
However, the family of the murdered girl allege that the Effiong lured her to the hotel and attempted to chop off her breasts and fingers for rituals.
A relative of the deceased revealed this, saying, “What we heard was that on reaching the hotel, the suspect ordered for drinks. As our daughter was sipping hers, he brought out a pair of scissors and started cutting one of her breasts.
“She was screaming at that point. Not done, he cut one of her fingers and attempted to gag her so he could finish his satanic mission. Her scream alerted people who came to her rescue. We were told she gave this version while she was being rushed to the hospital.”
“We were also told the boyfriend attempted to escape but was apprehended by the hotel staff before the arrival of policemen from Alapere. Her death has plunged everyone into sorrow. All we want is for the police to find out why Raphael killed our daughter.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident saying, “Yes, we have that case. But that is not what happened. What happened was that a man stabbed his girlfriend with scissors inside a hotel room in Alapere during a fight. The lady later died while the suspect has been arrested and is currently in our custody.”