A middle-aged man identified as Nicodemus Nomyange has set himself and his girlfriend ablaze during a heated argument over her alleged plan to dump him and marry someone else in Makurdi, Benue State.
Benue Police Spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, disclosed this on Sunday while addressing the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.
According to her, Nicodemus died on the spot, while the girlfriend identified as Shiminenge Pam, died later at the Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.
Anene explained that Nicodemus committed the act at his girlfriend’s residence on Inkipi Street, High-Level area of Makurdi on Saturday evening.
The police spokesperson said that an argument had ensued between them, adding, however, that the cause of the argument was unknown.
She said that Nicodemus, who was earlier seen with a gallon of fuel, had locked himself and the lady in her room before setting the room ablaze.
“According to an eyewitness, there was an argument between the lovers which we are yet to find out.
“We understand that Nicodemus, while coming to Shiminenge’s house, came along with fuel,” the police spokesperson reported.
A neighbour of Shiminenge also told NAN correspondent that Nicodemus had abandoned his wife and kids for the lady and that trouble ensued when the lady told him of her plan to marry someone else.
“Nicodemus was not happy with the lady over her decision to leave him for another man.
“He had earlier abandoned his wife and kids for Shiminenge. So, he couldn’t bear the disappointment,” the neighbor, who preferred anonymity, said.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a man murdered his beautiful girlfriend after she rejected his marriage proposal, and then tried, unsuccessfully, to end his own life by stabbing himself in the stomach.