18-year-old girl set boyfriend ablaze in Benue

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An eighteen (18) years girl, Esther from Ado Local Government Area of , in the early hours of Monday, January 11, burnt her boyfriend, Elvis Chidinma Omah from Nsuka local Government Area of Enugu State to in Makurdi.

Chidinma, a patent medicine dealer who just returned from Christmas and holiday last Saturday had been in the village since Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020.

Trouble started shortly after Esther was told by her friends that Chidinma travelled to his village to pay a pride price of another girl he intended to marry, an allegation he vehemently denied when he was confronted by Esther but she was not satisfied his answer.

Consequently, Esther went to an unknown filling station a gallon Sunday evening to buy premium motor spirit (PMS) commonly known as petrol.

Esther came to his house in the early hours of Sunday, stayed him and pretended as if all was well. They ate food and played together throughout the night until both of them fell asleep.

She then woke few minutes after 2am and went straight to where she kept the opposite Chidinma’s house, poured the round the room right inside while Chidinma was still sleeping. She ignited the room with and ran away immediately.

Chidinma was burnt beyond recognition, managed to come , shouting that Esther has killed him and was quickly rushed to Federal Medical Centre Apir, Makurdi.

While giving details of the tragic event, an eyewitness and a neighbour to the deceased, Rose Stephen said, they perceived smell and sound of fire around 2am Monday; they came and discovered that it was Chidinma’s room that was burning. They did all they could but couldn’t stop the fire from burning him.

She further said both of them were having issues and were always going to police station in 2020, adding that Chidinma told Esther that he was fed with her bad characters and was longer interested in her before he travelled for Christmas and .

Rose said she was surprised seeing them together shortly after Chidinma’s return from the village from Saturday till Sunday.

Corroborating the story, another eyewitness and one of the closest friends to the deceased, Abraham Ebute said, Chidinma clearly told Esther he was longer interested in the relationship with her because of her unruly behaviour and criminal tendency.

Chidinma was once arrested because she stole a handset belonging to an Air force officer and was traced to Chidinma’s house.

Ebute added that, Esther also stole Chidi’s phone before he travelled home and promised returning it to him after his arrival, not knowing that her plan was to kill him.

He said, he rushed to Chidinma’s house along with his other friends only to discover that he was burnt to

When contacted, the Police Public Relationship Officer, PPRO, , Catherine Anene confirmed the tragic incident and the eventual arrest of the suspect Esther

The PPRO said investigation is still ongoing to unravel the ugly situation.

Charred remains of mattresses, pillows, cloths and other materials belonging to the deceased were seen littered outside the compound at press time

Chidinma’s body was being conveyed to Nssuka by his parents who were already in Makurdi as at the time of filing this report.

The Nation