The police in Lagos have arrested a 21-year-old man, Mmaduabuchi Ikechukwu, for allegedly killing a Spaniard named Anthony Gavaro.
According to Ikechukwu, they met on a beach in Ghana early this year while he was on a business trip. He said during a conversation, Gavaro told him that he was a widely travelled doctor that wished to travel to Nigeria for research and he would need a work permit when he arrived.
Ikechukwu narrated how close their relationship grew after they had parted. A few months later, the suspect said Gavaro, 52, arrived in Nigeria and told him that he had lodged in a hotel.
He, however, said Gavaro checked out of the hotel because he claimed his belongings were being stolen by some employees and Ikechukwu then lodged him in another hotel named Galton Gate.
On a certain day, Ikechukwu said Gavaro told him that he felt very lonely and thus needed company. Ikechukwu, who claimed that he had hitherto believed the relationship was platonic, went to visit Gavaro.
According to him, Gavaro gave him a glass of drink, which had been spiked.
He said the drink made him to fall into a deep sleep and when he woke up, his anus was very sore. He added that when he pulled the bed covers, he noticed that Gavaro was naked.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Police, CP, Suleiman Abah said, "Homicide detectives from the state CID and FESTAC Division visited the scene, found the deceased with a slit throat; a blood-stained broken bottle, victim and suspect's cell-phones and other items were recovered in the room."