Family Assumes Foul Play As Akwa Ibom Man Kicks The Bucket After Meal With Lover

We Really can’t say she’s responsible – Police

The family of a master of ceremonies in Akwa Ibom, Edwin King, is in grief following his demise after a meal he allegedly took in his girlfriend’s Eket home in April 2022.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the late King was told by his girlfriend, one Splendour Ita, to visit her in her home on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Eket, where the duo was said to have had a meal together.

It was learnt that King died days later from kidney complications reportedly from food poisoning. A family member of the deceased who spoke on condition of anonymity told our correspondent that King and Ita were no longer dating when the incident happened.

CSP Odiko Ogbeche-MacDon, said the case was reported to the police and was still being investigated.

“The case was reported to the police. Information from our disposal was that Edwin King went to visit his girlfriend at her home in Eket. After some time, he said he was hungry and they both went out to get shawarma and a bottle of beer, which they ate and drank before returning to the house.

“The lady started having constipation and King took her to the bathroom to see whether he could salvage the situation. After some time, he also began to show signs of stomach ache, too. Our investigation revealed that it was neighbours who later peeped and saw both of them in the bathroom and took them to the hospital in Eket.

“The clinic ran a test to see if it was food poisoning but the hospital failed to find anything. While they were there, the mother of the deceased then said they should take King to a specialist whereas Splendour Ita was discharged after some time.

“She, however, continued to experience swelling on her leg and other parts of her body. She couldn’t even walk when I saw her. So, after some time, the deceased family came to me and said they were suspecting that the lady may have poisoned King. We got into the matter and made enquiries and discovered that whatever happened affected both of them.

“They said they had accumulated bills and the hospital refused to release the corpse to them. As a Force, we are not in place to talk about the cause of death. I advised them to have an autopsy done. That is where we stopped. I haven’t heard from them again. I think they want to pin it on the lady. We cannot say she is the one responsible for the death until our investigation includes the autopsy report. Have they taken the autopsy report to the police? Yes, they have. 

The doctor said there was an enlarged liver or something. But, what caused it?

“For now, the investigation is still ongoing and we are open to any facts that will help us unravel the cause of death. We are not medical experts and it is the experts that can tell us the cause of death and we are waiting for them. We have not concluded the investigation. If we establish criminality at any point, we would take it up,” he said.

He also said the matter was still open and had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police has taken over that case and it is being investigated at the Homicide Section of the SCIID. We are spending low resources at our disposal in ensuring that we can get to the bottom of this,” he added.

In his view, a medical doctor with the Zenith Clinic, Abuja, Dr Chuks Zenith, when presented with the medical report from Ibom Specialist Hospital, said he could not identify any case of food poisoning in the matter.

“From what you are telling me, there is no food poisoning in this matter. There is a case of trauma and swelling. I don’t know where the talk of food poisoning comes in this matter. If there is a bruise somewhere, then there must have been physical trauma and abuse. If there are bruises around the chest wall, drinking beer and eating shawarma wouldn’t have caused that.

“If it was food poisoning as we are made to believe; how would one know the amount of poison to add to the food not to kill one but also know the amount of poison to add to kill the other? The two of them ate the shawarma, drank the beer, got the same reaction but one died? This is not clear. There are some poisons that even a pinch is enough to kill one.’’