These are certainly not the best of times for the Okorie family of Isiakpu village, Okposi Okwu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. As other families revel in the New Year festivities, the Okories are dressed in the robe of despair and sorrow. Indeed, the family has been enveloped by a thick pall of grief following the untimely demise of their father and breadwinner.
The Okories are not only crying because their father is dead, but also the manner in which death came. It was learnt that the man who was in his late 60s and father of four allegedly died in the loins of his girlfriend, Nneoma (surname withheld), a Banking and Finance student of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki.
According to SunNews, Okorie, who owned a block-making factory, was allegedly lured to the ‘nest
of death’ near the Presco campus of the university by the lover girl who allegedly acted with another boyfriend of hers, whose first name was given as Alex.
Investigation revealed that on the day Okorie died, he received a call from Nneoma, asking him to meet her in a five-storey hostel off Goddy Ogbaga Avenue in Abakaliki, the state capital. On getting there, it was learnt, they began to do those things that lovers do and her school boyfriend, Alex, appeared suddenly on the scene like a ghost. And the man died in the process.
Interestingly, the late Okorie, Nneoma and Alex hail from the same community.
A police source said:
“What happened was that the man was lured by a girl he has been assisting as a family friend and/or lover to somewhere in Abakaliki. Thinking that all was well, he went to honour the call. Unknown to him, the girl’s boyfriend had already made some arrangements to either threaten or intimidate and extort money from him. But in the process, while in the so-called boyfriend’s room, he died.