A 18-year-old lady identified as Esther Alex been accused of setting her boyfriend, Chidinma Ikechukwu Omah ablaze in Wadata suburb of Makurdi in Benue State.
It was gathered that Alex allegedly poured petrol on her boyfriend at about 2am on Monday, January 11, 2021 while he was asleep in his apartment and set him ablaze.
Omah, a patent medicine dealer, died about 10:00pm same day.
An eyewitness said, “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.”
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.
Below is a graphic image of the deceased in the hospital before he passed away.