Francis and Ann, from Ebonyi State and resident in Calabar, Cross River State, were heading to Abakaliki to thank family members, who attended their wedding the previous Saturday, September 7, in Calabar.
When they got to Amudo village, some 30 kilometres to Abakiliki, their vehicle developed an electrical fault prompting them to seek the services of an auto electrician.
Omaka, an electrician at Amudo told Vanguard: “The man came to my shop at 4p.m. and said his car had stopped and that he suspects an electrical fault. So I went with him on an Okada.”
He said he tried his best but could not repair the Toyota Camry and sought the assistance of Luke, another electrician in the neighbouring town, Onueke.
Unfortunately, when Luke came, there was trouble between the him and late Ann.
Omaka said: “Luke took an Okada from Onueke to Amudo and when he got here, he told Mr. Edeh to pay the Okada man.
“But his wife started shouting, saying why should her husband pay Luke’s transport fare, when he had not even touched the car.”
Omaka said despite the tensed atmosphere, Luke still went on with the work, but later advised the couple to leave the car till Monday. He said Ann became angry and the couple left for Abakiliki.
Omaka said: “They refused to take Luke’s advice. The next day, which was Sunday, they decided to come back to Amudo with Ortuh, another electrician in Abakalilki on a chartered vehicle.
On the way, the car had a burst tire and collided, head-on, with a tanker and the four of them died.”
‘I warned them’
Luke, the electrician in Onueke, said Ann was quarrelsome.
He said: “I told them not to repair that car till Monday, because my spirit told me something. But the woman was angry and thought I wanted to punish them.
“Why did the man have to take his wife again the next day to Amudo to repair the car? Couldn’t she have stayed in Abakaliki, while he took Ortuh to repair the car?”