A policeman, attached to Border Patrol Unit, Ilaro, Ogun State, Inspector Friday Ogbeifun, is currently undergoing investigation over the circumstances surrounding the death of his lover at a hotel in Igando, Lagos State.
It was learnt that the inspector and his lover, identified simply as Esther, had checked in at the hotel on Dele Toye Street, Igando, on Monday around 8pm to have fun.
Our correspondent gathered that while they were in the facility, the woman, a mother of five, slumped and was rushed to the Igando General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead on arrival.
It was learnt that the deceased was a widow whose husband died about two years ago.
A credible source confided in Saturday PUNCH that the corpse of the woman had been taken to the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy.
The source said Ogbeifun reported himself at the Igando Police Station from where he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
He said, “The policeman and the woman were lovers. The woman was a widow. He took her to the hotel on Monday and the woman slumped in the hotel room. What I did not know is whether they had sex before she slumped.
“There was confusion in the hotel. Some workers assisted him to take the woman to the Igando General Hospital, but she did not make it. She was confirmed dead on arrival by a doctor. The inspector reported the case to the police by himself and some operatives visited the hotel.”
In a related development, the girlfriend of one Inspector Innocent Onyishi, is under interrogation at the Homicide Section of the SCIID, Yaba, in connection with the death of the 43-year-old.
Onyishi, an operative with the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, had reportedly visited his friend, who lives in Kirikiri, Apapa, in company with his girlfriend, Faith Adakola.
It was gathered that during the visit, the friend, who is also a policeman, left the lovers at home while he went to work.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Onyishi suddenly started to behave strangely, stripping himself naked.
Adakola was said to have drawn the attention of neighbours, who rallied round the inspector and took him to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
A source, who is privy to the matter, told our correspondent that Onyishi died at the hospital two days after he was admitted.
He said, “The inspector was a member of IRT. He and his lover visited his friend on October 8. He put up a strange behaviour while the friend was away and he was rushed to LUTH. He gave up the ghost at the hospital. The friend reported the incident to the police. The lover is under investigation. She was the only person with the inspector at the time he started acting weird.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the widow’s death, adding that the autopsy report was being awaited to ascertain the cause of death.
He said, “The matter is under investigation. The inspector is attached to the Border Petrol Command; he is not serving in Lagos State Police Command. However, the incident happened in Lagos and the case has been transferred to the SCIID in Yaba. They were not having sex. She just slumped and died. She was a widow.”
The PPRO promised to get back to our correspondent with comments on the case of the late Inspector Onyishi.