Former Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has been arrested on suspicion of ‘negligence causing others to die’ after a girlfriend fell over a balcony to her death in Lagos, Nigeria.
Samuel Eto’o, 37, was arrested in a Lagos hotel on Tuesday 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. The banker, also known by her nickname Joy, was working at Ecobank, Lagos-Ikeja branch.
Police said that the former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker had arrived from Spain at the city where his girlfriend was working. He admitted to police that he had taken his girlfriend back to his hotel and ‘had sex in the bedroom then on the balcony before she fell’.
The footage taken during his arrest on Tuesday shows Eto’s under heavy police guard, being transported to the Lagos State Police station.
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 on Tueday afternoon.
‘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.’
Lagos police have said that, the former Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o will be processed and prosecuted in accordance with the law.