While some residents claimed that Onyinyechi, who was a teacher in a
private school in the area, was angry that her husband did not give her a
Valentine’s treat on a day when most lovers made out time to celebrate
each other, other residents said the couple was quarrelling over a
monetary issue before the incident.
A man, who claimed to be a close friend of the deceased, however,
insisted that the cause of the couple’s misunderstanding bordered on
plans for Valentine’s Day.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said,
“George returned home in the evening of Valentine’s Day, a time the wife felt was already too late to go for an outing. She got angry and it resulted in a fight.”
Another source, who also claimed to have a close relationship with the
family, however, said the cause of the fight was monetary issue.
“A family friend had given George money to give to his wife as gift for
their newborn baby. George did not only keep the money to himself, he
also did not tell his wife about it. Onyinyechi later met the man, who
asked her if she got the gift he sent through her husband. She was not
only surprised, but furious that George could keep such a thing from
her. It was in the process of asking him about it on the evening of Valentine’s Day that the fight started.”
A neighbour, who also spoke to our correspondent on the condition of
anonymity, explained that the incident happened around 4pm on Valentine’s Day.
“On Saturday, at about 4pm, my daughter rushed inside my apartment where I was sleeping to wake me up that Iyawo (Onyinyechi) and her husband were fighting upstairs.
she was still explaining to me, I heard a sound of something falling. I
rushed out only to discover that it was my neighbour, George. I started
screaming for help and other neighbours rushed in to assist me. We got a
tricycle and rushed him to a hospital.
“The wife, however, remained upstairs in her apartment.
She didn’t bother to come down to assist us, despite the fact that her
seven-month-old daughter was downstairs playing with my children. George
was certified dead at the hospital and we couldn’t take him to the mortuary without his family’s consent, so, we brought him back home and called his family members.”
Another neighbour, who identified herself as Mama Ifeoma, who was part of the people that took George to the hospital, said the doctor discovered a cut in his head.
She said the doctor explained that the injury could be as a result of an object that must have been used to hit him on the head.
“The doctor told us that George must have been dead before he was pushed down from the balcony
When our correspondent sought Onyinyechi’s comment on the issue, it was
discovered that she had traveled to her home town in Nnewi, Anambra
State with her daughter.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, has yet to respond to enquiries on the incident as of the time of this report.