Benue State Police Command has arrested an 18-year-old girl, Esther Alex, for allegedly setting her boyfriend, Chidimma Omah, ablaze at ZakiBiam street in Wadata surburb of Makurdi metropolis.
It was learnt that the lovebirds had been together for over two years and were planning to get married to each other until they had a misunderstanding on Monday.
Accoding to Punch, a neighbour of the victim said they were alerted to the scene following a loud scream by the victim who was calling for help.
“The two lovebirds have been having misunderstandings. But around 2am today (Monday), we heard a loud noise, which woke people up and we later discovered that a house was burning.
“It was later that we gathered that a girl, who had a misunderstanding with her boyfriend, decided to punish him.
“As of now, we cannot say specifically what the misunderstanding was about, but by the time we got to the scene of the incident, the young man was severely burnt and had to be rushed to hospital.”
It was gathered that even though the young man was finally rescued by neighbours, he was severely burnt and has been taken to the Federal Medical Center in Makurdi for treatment.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, who also confirmed the incident, said the girl had been arrested and was in police custody.
According to him, the 18-year-old girl poured petrol on the victim’s one-room apartment before setting it on fire. He said:
“We don’t know yet why she did that. We have yet to question her, but I can confirm that she has been arrested and is in our custody.
“The incident happened around 2am today (Monday) on Zaki Biam Street in Wadata. We will let you know the details.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how a jealous man set his girlfriend and her pastor ablaze after he caught them having sεx in Bayelsa State.