A worker with Arik Air, Grace Utum, has gone missing after a visit to her lover, Ihuoma Amelogu, who lives in the Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State.
It was learnt that the 29-year-old Cross River State indigene had left her Ikeja office for her lover’s house on January 1, 2016. However, her whereabouts had since been shrouded in mystery.
Grace, a graduate of Accounting, University of Calabar, was said to be working in the hospitality department of Arik. The case was reported at the Ojodu Police Division and Amelogu was reportedly arrested.
It was learnt that a mobile phone and a handbag belonging to the victim were found in his apartment on the day Grace went missing. He was, however, released after police said there was nothing to connect him with the disappearance.
An uncle of the victim, Felix Omini, explained that the family became worried after her mother called one of her telephone lines and a stranger picked the call.
Omini said he called 32-year-old Amelogu and together they went to report the matter at the police station.
The victim’s father, Obongha Utum, said Grace and Amelogu had been dating for three years and would have been married, but for a problem with their blood compatibility.
He said, “The police said we should talk to the boyfriend because that was where she said she was going, but I don’t know what to think. They are church members and were supposed to have been married; but that became impossible after they discovered their genotypes were not compatible.
When contacted, Amelogu said he last communicated with Grace around 3pm on January 1. He explained that efforts to get across to her through her friends had been abortive.
The civil engineer said his girlfriend’s line, however, became unreachable around 5pm and despite calling till 7pm, he didn’t get through.
It was gathered that Grace’s family contacted a telecommunication company to track her calls, but they were asked to get a court order. Access to her bank accounts were also said to have been blocked.
The Arik Air spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, confirmed the incident, adding that the company was working with the family and the police to get to the roots of the case.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, also confirmed the incident, adding that the police arrested Amelogu