Eighteen years old jelous girlfriend, Esther from Ado Local Government Area of Benue state has set her lover ablaze.
In the early hours of Monday, 11th January, 2021, Esther burnt her boy friend, Elvis Chidinma Omah from Nsuka local Government Area of Enugu State to death in Makurdi.
Reportngr.com gathered that Chidinma is a patent medicine dealer residing in Off Zaki Biam Street, Wadata Makurdi, Makurdi.
Chidimma had just returned from Christmas and new year holiday last Saturday. He had traveled to his village since Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020.
However, problems 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.
This allegation was vehemently denied by Chidimma when he was confronted by Esther but she was not satisfied with his answer.
As a result, Esther went to a fuel station with a gallon on Sunday evening and filled it with petroleum.
Esther came to chidimma house in the early hours of Sunday, stayed with him and pretended as if all was well.
They ate foods and played together throughout the night until both of them fell asleep.
Nevertheless, Esther woke up few minutes after 2am and went straight to where she kept the fuel opposite Chidinma’s house.
She however, brought it to the room, poured the fuel round the room right inside while Chidinma was still sleeping. Esther, the jelous girlfriend, ignited the room with matches and ran away at once.
Few minutes later, some tenants living in the compound came out, shouting and pouring water into the room in an attempt to extinguish the fire.
As the inferno was subsiding, Chidinma who was burnt beyond recognition, managed to come out, 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:
“We were perceiving smell and sound of fire around 2am on Monday
We came out and discovered that it was Chidinma’s room that was burning. And we did all we could do but couldn’t stop the fire from burning him.
She further said,
Chidimma and Esther were having issues and were always going to police station in 2020.
Chidinma told Esther that he was fed up with her bad characters and was no longer interested in her before he travelled for Christmas and New year.
Rose said she was surprised seeing them together shortly after Chidinma’s return from the village from Saturday till on Sunday.
Confirming the story, another eyewitness and one of the closest friends to the deceased, Abraham Ebute said, Chidinma clearly told Esther he was no longer interested in the relationship with her because of her unruly behaviour and criminal tendencies.
Abraham further said that Esther was once arrested because she stole a handset belonging to an Air force officer and was traced to Chidinma’s house.
Abraham Ebute added that, Esther also stole Chidimma’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 as smoke was going off and cry from neighborhoods only to discover that he was burnt to an unimaginable level.
When contacted, the Police Public Relationship Officer, PPRO, Benue State Police Command, Catherine Anene confirmed the tragic incident and the eventual arrest of the culprit, Esther.
The PPRO confirmed she was in their custody while 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 everywhere in his room at the time of a visit to his house this morning.
Chidinma was confirmed dead today, Tuesday, 12th January, 2021.
Meanwhile, plan is being made to convey his corpse to Nsuka by his parents who were already in Makurdi as at the time immediately they for the news.