Panic in Powerline axis of Ariaria International Market, Aba as shoemakers within the axis now live in fear over the sudden demise of one of their active customers who died apparently of COVID-19 in a popular hotel in the commercial city.
TheNaijaWeekly learnt that the Kaduna-based customer now deceased reportedly a regular patron of the hotel where she usually lodged whenever she was in town.
The female customer reportedly came in contact with some of the shoemakers which has resulted into tension.
According to sources, the woman who was a footwear dealer died a few days after arriving Aba from Kaduna State.
It was also learnt that her body was taken to the Abia State Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba under the supervision of police personnel from the Abayi Police Division.
Another sources at the market disclosed that she was known to many of the shoemakers from whom she used to buy goods over several years.
They said that the woman did not show any sign of ill-health when last they saw her.
A police source confirmed the incident, saying the cause of the woman’s death was sudden and unnatural.
“The woman, from preliminary investigation, had hypertension and diabetes. She used to come to Aba and was a regular customer in the area.
“Whenever she came from the North, there is a woman whom we understand is a relation that used to assist her because of her health condition. Both of them had been lodging in that hotel for a very long time.
“From what we learnt, the body was examined by officers that were at the scene. If there were any foul play, they would have spotted that on examining the body of the woman.
“From what we learnt, the woman slept in the hotel with her relation that was assisting her. It was the relation that alerted the manager who in turn alerted the police.
“The brother of the deceased affirmed that his sister had been sick over the years, even before the lockdown. So, we can’t say that she died of COVID-19.”