A 67-year-old United States citizen invited to Nigeria by her young Nigerian lover she reportedly met on the internet has died of suspected coronavirus complications in a Delta State private hospital.
Our correspondent learnt that the lady, who arrived in Nigeria on March 3, died on Sunday after allegedly manifesting symptoms of coronavirus, and was rushed to a private hospital at Osubi, Orerokpe in the Okpe Local Government Area of the state.
Police sources said the young man and his visitor had been lodging at the hotel in Osubi since the American arrived in Nigeria.
“The young man and the American white lady lodged in a hotel in Osubi where they spent some weeks,” a source said.
“The white lady later fell sick and she began to manifest some symptoms of COVID-19, especially severe coughing.
“At that stage, her lover rushed her to a private hospital in Osubi, but she gave up the ghost this morning (Sunday).”
After her death, her Nigerian lover reportedly took her corpse in a Toyota Venza to the Orerokpe Police Division, where he was arrested.
A doctor was brought in to take samples from the corpse for coronavirus tests at the police station, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Spokesman for the state police, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident.