Generator fumes on Saturday killed a man identified by his neighbours as a policeman, and his lover, suspected to be a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Anambra State, PUNCH reports.
They were found dead on Sunday in an apartment at Ezinifite Okpuno, Awka-South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to the report, the identity of the policeman could not be ascertained, but the woman, a mother of the five was known as Ifeoma.
The woman reportedly told her husband that she was going for a vigil, but went to her police lover’s house instead. The policeman, it was reported, had three children who live in Lagos with their mother.
Some neighbours attributed the cause of their death to generator fumes.
One of the neighbours said that “there was the sound of a small generator throughout the night in his apartment. But at about 4AM, it went dead; maybe the fuel got finished”.
“The policeman lived on the third floor of the house. As a policeman, he hardly stayed around, but each time he was around, everybody would know, because he would run his generator all through the night. Everybody called him ‘Officer’, but I think he was an inspector,” the source added.
According to another neighbour:
The woman spent the night with her police lover until a labourer, who was to work for the policeman, came in the morning and discovered their dead bodies.
The labourer then rushed out and alerted neighbours.
The neighbours followed him to confirm the incident, before a relative intervened and locked the gate, preventing people from further going inside the apartment.
However, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Nkeiru Nwode said that the deceased man was not a police officer and the identity of the woman is not yet known.
“With all due respect, the man in question is not a member of the Nigeria Police Force and the woman’s identity is yet to be ascertained. I have not yet been fully briefed on the story. As soon as I get the details, I will communicate with you, please,” she said.