When Martha Godwin, daughter of a soldier, popularly called Barrack girl, met Mohammed Erena, England-based Master’s degree student and son of a prominent politician in Niger State, she felt God had finally answered her prayers of providing her with a husband that would pull her family out of poverty.
Her dream was however short lived as her efforts to dump her former commercial motorcyclist popularly called okada, boyfriend had led to the death of Umar, the rider, who was allegedly murdered alongside his friend, Sunday, by the new ‘been-to’ boyfriend, who felt insulted by the deceased’s audacity to challenge him over Martha.
Mohammed, who is now answering charges of murder at a Minna High Court had arrived Nigeria to spend his short vacation with his kith and kin. His plan was to go back to England at the end of the holiday to defend his Master’s thesis.
Daily Sun learnt that on the fateful night, Mohammed had taken his lover, Martha, to a joint along David Mark Road in Minna. After cooling off at the drinking spot, Mohammed felt the urge to retire home with his ‘Juliet’ and were in the process of discussing the terms when Umar arrived on his bike, possibly for the same purpose as Mohammed’s.
For the two Romeos to a Juliet, the die was cast! It did not take Martha one second to decide whether to go with the man with Mercedes Benz or the man with okada. Martha jumped into Mohammed’s car and they sped off.
Umar, who was determined not to let go that easily, also jumped on his bike and with his friend, pursued Mohammed and Martha until they double-crossed him.
Mohammed was said to have been halted while Umar accosted him on why he should speed off with his lover.
As the argument raged, Mohammed was said to have jumped into his car, engaged the reverse gear and crushed his rival and his friend Sunday. In order to be sure of a mission accomplished, Mohammed was said to have driven over the duo a second time. They were left to die in the pool of their own blood.
Satisfied with his task, Mohammed allegedly sped off, leaving Martha behind at the death spot.
Residents of the area and some passers-by raised the alarm. Martha, who stood in disbelief over what had happened became the target of the angry crowd. She was arrested and handed over to the police
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael Zoukumor, who paraded the suspect before journalists in his office, said the accused was tracked down through his lover girl.
Mohammed, however, denied having a hand in the killing of the duo. Sobbing profusely as he narrated his innocence to journalists, Mohammed said he was only in Nigeria for a short break and almost set to go back to England to defend his thesis to accomplish his Master’s degree programme.
He, however, admitted ownership of the car which he said was damaged during the recent unrest of students of College of Education, Minna which they (students) agreed to repair.