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
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.