Kelechi Nwigbo from Akahufu Ekpaomaka village in the Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was allegedly killed by lightning in his hotel room. The incident allegedly occurred in a hotel behind the popular Eke Market, Afipko, in the Afipko North Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
The Germany-based man checked into the hotel on the 20th of September and dropped strict instructions at the reception to not be disturb. Four days later the Police at the Afikpo Division were alerted after a strong stench of decayed smell was coming from his room.
The police broke into the room to meet a decayed body, a calabash with some money and white cloth material inside. Sources in the area said the hotel management confirmed hearing a thunder strike from the window of the deceased’s room, but could not take any action because the guest had instructed that nobody should come to his room unless he called the hotel’s attention for anything.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state Loveth Odah said when the Divisional Crime Officer in Afikpo led his team to the hotel and broke into the room, the man’s corpse was already decomposing.
“His passport was recovered from the room and the body evacuated to the mortuary,” she stated.