BENUE/ A jealous man who couldn’t bear losing his girlfriend to another man has gone berserk, setting himself and the said girl friend ablaze, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The Benue State Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, told journalists in Makurdi that the man identified as Nicodemus died on the spot, while the girlfriend identified as Shiminenge, 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.
She said that an argument had ensued between the two lovers, adding, however, that the cause of the argument was unknown.
According to her, Nicodemus had locked himself and the lady in her room before setting the room ablaze.
“According to an eyewitness, there was an argument between them which we are yet to find out.
“But we understand that Nicodemus, while coming to Shiminenge’s house, came along with fuel and used the fuel to set himself and the lady ablaze after locking the house from inside,” the police spokesperson said.
A neighbour of Shiminenge told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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, as he had earlier abandoned his wife and kids for Shiminenge. So, he couldn’t bear the disappointment,” the neighbor, who preferred anonymity, said./ NAN