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Maria Ali, a 31-year-old woman, has been murdered by her ex-lover, identified only as Ben, in Abuja.

Ben dated Ali for 10 years, during which they had a child together, according to reports.

Ali, however, ditched Ben after she found another lover, Victor, who reportedly promised her marriage.


The victim’s elder sister, Cecilia Ene, stated that despite her sister’s separation from Ben, he visited her apartment to assault her on several occasions.


She said, “Maria was my younger sister. She left Ben after she met another man who wanted to marry her.

“She rented her own apartment at Maraba, where she was living.


“On Sunday, May 22, Ben came to her apartment around 5 pm when her new lover visited and demanded that she should tell him to take his leave.

“She refused and did not allow him inside. They were talking outside the house before he lured her into his car for further discussion.


“As soon as they got inside the car, he locked the doors and threatened her with a gun, saying he would kill her if she refused to ask her new lover to leave.

“The next day, Monday, May 23, Ben called me to come to a hospital in Karu around 8.30pm to see the dead body of my sister.

“We were praying when his call came in. I rushed to the hospital with her fiancé, Victor, only to see my sister lying on the hospital bed. Immediately, I called my elder brother, who came.


“When I asked Ben what happened to her, he said he didn’t know.

“The doctor on duty told us that someone brought her to the hospital in the afternoon.


“The doctor also said the person dropped a wrong phone number with the hospital and left and that when the hospital wanted to refer her to a bigger hospital, they could not see the person and also could not reach anyone on the number the person provided.

“My brother called the police and Ben was arrested and taken to the Karu Police Station.


“I believe he was the one that took her to the hospital,” she added.

The FCT police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, stated that investigation was ongoing into the incident.

“We have the case and we are investigating it. We also have the suspect in custody,” she said.

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