Man set ablaze by his 18-year-old girlfriend dies

One Mr Chidinma Ikechukwu Omah, has been reported dead after he was set ablaze by his 18-year-old girlfriend in Wadata suburb of Makurdi in Benue State.

According to reports, Ikechukwu, a patent medicine dealer, died about 10:00pm on Monday, January 11, from the high degree burns, sustained after his girlfriend, Esther Alex, poured petrol on him and set him ablaze.

Kemi Filani News gathered that the suspect carried out the dastardly act at 2:00 am on Monday when the deceased was fast sleeping in his one-room apartment.

“The loud scream from the victim attracted the attention of neighbours who rushed to help him but he had already suffered much burns. The neighbours immediately rushed him to the nearby Makurdi Federal Medical Centre, FMC, where he was admitted for treatment.” an eyewitness said.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the death of the victim in Makurdi on Tuesday, January 12 said that the suspect has been arrested.

“We don’t know yet why she did that. We are yet to question her but I can confirm that she has been arrested and just brought to our custody.” she added.

Meanwhile, the body of the victim was evacuated from the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi for burial by his family.

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