PUNCH Metro 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. He said:
“Her mother called her that night and discovered that it was a stranger that picked the call. The stranger said the phone was missing and its owner had called him and said she was coming for it in company with a man.
“Grace’s mother called her boyfriend, Amelogu, thinking he was the man the stranger was referring to. But he said he had also been trying to reach her without success.”
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.
“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.
“We have also gone to Agbado Crossing in Ogun State, where she lived with a friend. We didn’t meet anybody in the house; everywhere was deserted.”
When contacted, Amelogu said he last communicated with Grace around 3pm on January 1.He was arrested by the police and was released after interrogation on the grounds that nothing suspicious was linked to him.