A 55-year-old man, Abdulwaheed Lamidi, has died after meeting a lady he met online at City International Motel, Council Bus-Stop in Ikotun, Lagos state.
The 32-year-old lady reportedly travelled from her house in another state to visit Lamidi in Lagos on Saturday, after they met online and began a romantic relationship.
While they were lodged in the motel, things took a drastic turn when Lamidi suddenly slumped in the toilet, prompting the lady to call for help on Sunday morning.
When some employees of the motel rushed into the room, they found Lamidi lying motionless on the ground.
A source who spoke to Punch said,
“The girl said the man wanted to enter the toilet but slumped and fell on the ground. A doctor that works in a hospital close to the motel was called and when the doctor got to the room, he certified the man dead.
“The girl said she came to Lagos to meet the man as he promised to marry her; she came with some property and had the intention of moving into his house to be his live-in lover. Instead of going to the man’s house, they went to the hotel and they were in the room when the girl ran out to call for help because the man slumped.
“So, when people rushed into the room, they found him lying unconscious on the ground. The incident happened around 8.40am on Sunday but the girl arrived from another state on Saturday. The girl said she met the man online and that they had been chatting.”
Lamidi’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue, while the woman, whose name was not revealed, was arrested for interrogation.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the lady refused to involve her parents in the case.
“We have contacted the deceased’s family and they have shown up. They are applying to just get their corpse. They said they were not interested in any criminal investigation but the command is still considering their application through its legal department.
“A decision is yet to be taken, but the corpse has been deposited in a mortuary. The lady is still in our custody and has declined to give us the contact details of her family because she doesn’t want them to know what happened.”