Former Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has been arrested on suspicion of ‘negligence causing others to die’ after his girlfriend fell over a balcony to her death in Lagos, Nigeria.
Samuel Eto’o, 37, was arrested at one of the state’s top luxury hotels, ‘The Wheatbaker Hotel’, along Lawrence Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday following the horrific death of Nneka Claudia, 26.
She fell to her death after the pair were said to be having ‘strange and extravagant sex’ on the balcony of a 5th floor of the hotel apartment. She suffered severe head injuries and multiple fractures when she plunged naked to the floor below.
A half-used packet of Viagra gel was discovered nearby, it is reported. She was found by the building’s security guard Peter Obina, 25, who said he heard a ‘loud crash’.
He then walked over and saw Nneka lying in a pool of blood before he called for help. Paramedics arrived and performed CPR on Nneka – who was still alive – but she was later pronounced dead in hospital. Nneka, also known by her nickname Joy, was working as a bank teller at Ecobank, Lagos-Ikeja branch.
Police said, the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker had disembarked the Air France on Tuesday afternoon and booked a hotel at the city where his girlfriend was working. He admitted to police he had taken his girlfriend back to his hotel and ‘had sex in the bedroom and then on the balcony before she fell’.
The footage taken during his arrest on Wednesday shows Eto’o under heavy armed police personnel, being escorted to custody at Base 44, Festac Police Station for further investigation into the case.
Staff at the Ecobank where she worked said Nneka was one of the ‘happiest, friendliest girls anybody could wish to meet’. They added in a statement: ‘As many of you know we lost our beautiful Joy today.’
‘The place will not be the same without Joy’s big cheeky smile and sense of humour. She really was a very special girl and left a lasting impression on all of us. She will remain in our hearts forever,’ the statement said.
Police Spokesman, Audi Lawal said the former Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o will be processed and prosecuted in accordance with the law.