Fatal love: How Kalu killed Solape in barracks

Bernard a. kalu’s dream of a bright and promising future in the Nigerian Air Force, would now remain just a dream in the aftermath of the dastardly act he committed by killing his girlfriend, Solape Oladipupo, an Aircraftwoman in the NAF, in Makurdi, Benue State. 


His bright star dimmed on Sunday, March 12, when he spilled the blood of Solape. The duo of Kalu and Solape were coursemates, recruited into the Air Force in 2016.

Amid rumours within the barracks that Solape was in engaged in a romantic relationship with another man, a young ex-corps member who was retained after completing his National Youth Service at the Air Force Secondary School, Makurdi, where he was deployed for his primary assignment, Kalu plotted a script which he executed at dawn on the ill-fated day.
He chose a day he would be deployed on night duty to catch his cheating lover in the act, and had apparently rehearsed the scene on his mental landscape throughout the previous night. By 6.06am on Sunday, he stormed her residence, Compound 9, located at the Corporals Quarters of the NAF Base.
As volcanic anger took hold of him, he pointed his already cocked rifle, pulled the trigger and pumped hot bullets into Solape’s body. As she fell and laid motionless on the floor, in a pool of her blood, Kalu was not done yet; he turned the rifle on his supposed rival, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, and pulled the trigger again, to complete his deadly mission.
However, unlike Solape, the unnamed ex-corps member was lucky as the rifle malfunctioned. Pronto, he grabbed Kalu as he fiddled with the gun, and raised the alarm. Neighbours bemused by the sound of gunshots besieged the scene to behold a gory sight. They quickly disarmed Kalu and arrested him. They also rushed Solape to the NAF Hospital within the barracks, from where she was referred to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), where doctors certified her dead.
Moments later, suspense pervaded the air, as a note said to be written by Kalu and found in his apartment, went viral on cyberspace, but the period within which he wrote it remained cloudy. There is no indication as to whether it was written before, or after he allegedly murdered Solape, who, until her death, was the orderly to the wife of the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command (TAC), Makurdi.

Solape’s neighbours, who do not want their names in print, confided in Sunday Sun that Kalu’s action might have been prompted by pains of betrayal, as he had already taken his late lover to his mother’s home for introduction, in anticipation of their marriage in no distant time.
He was said to have earlier confronted her with rumours making the rounds on her romance with another man, which she vehemently denied, before the bubble burst in the wee hours of last Sunday.
Efforts made at ascertaining the whereabouts of ex-corps member at the centre of love tango-turned-sour, drew blank, just as authorities of the NAF Base kept sealed lips on him.
Emmanuel Iheoma, a Wing Commander and Public Relations Officer of the Tactical Air Command, CPRO TAC, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case between two soldiers.
“Aircraftsman (ACM) Kalu shot an Aircraftswoman (ACW) Oladipupo about 6:6am on Sunday. She was taken to 161 NAF Hospital, Makurdi from where she was referred to the Benue State University Teaching hospital (BSUTH) where she died. Her corpse has been deposited at the 161 NAF Hospital morgue, and Kalu has since been detained at Air Provost Squadron, NAF Base, Makurdi. Investigation is still ongoing at the moment,” he told Sunday Sun correspondent.
Interestingly, when asked about the authenticity of the note allegedly written by Kalu, the CPRO said he might have written it before his arrest and detention. He, however, urged members of the public to disregard the note.

Meantime, mixed reactions have trailed Kalu’s action, even as the puzzle on when and where he wrote the hand-written, farewell note is yet to be resolved.


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