Punch reports that Gift was a fashion designer, while Raphael was working as a driver for a telecommunications company in Lagos.
According to the report, the pair started dating last year. But on numerous occasions, Raphael asked for her hand in marriage but Gift always refused. Her family claims she always said, “he was a difficult man”.
Effiong is currently at the Criminal Investigation Department quarters, Yaba, Lagos.
A rep for the family said;
“The incident happened on Monday evening. It was shocking to all of us. Gift prepared some food, and took it to the hotel on his invitation. They got a room, and checked in. What then happened was that Raphael, who had hidden a pair of scissors in his pocket, swooped on Gift and attacked her.
She began to scream, but there was no quick response. He injured her brutally with the scissors. It was after a while when some guests in the hotel heard her screams that they came around and asked Effiong to open the door, but he refused.
They forced the door open, found Sunday in a pool of blood and alerted the policemen from the Alapere division. This was not the first time he would attack her. About a month ago, while he had come on a visit and the two were alone at home, he had attacked her because she was not ready to marry him.”
She was rushed to the hospital but died.