BY Anayima Abo
A young man in his late Twenties was set ablaze in his apartment by his estranged girlfriend in Gboko Town , Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State for calling a quit of their relationship.
Elanzanews gathered that the man who is identified as Jude, had been in the relationship with the said lady for some time until he decided to call it a quit, a development it was gathered did not go down well with the lady.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the report, said the police had launched a manhunt for the suspect who she said is currently at large.
A close source to the victim who identify himself as Haanya Aondoakula informed Elanzanews that the reason for the lady’s action could be traced to the guy’s refusal to marry her due to her misbehaviour.
According to him, the two lovers had a heated argument earlier that day, where the victim Jude asked the lady whose name was yet to be known at the time of this report to pack out of his house.
“Jude thought quitting the relationship will put an end to all, but he was wrong because at about 1:30 am, the girlfriend reportedly returned to the compound with three men, they tore open the nets at the window and started pouring a substance suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit into the room through the window”
Aondoakula, who is currently with the Jude at an undisclosed hospital in Gboko, where he is receiving treatment, told our correspondent that he sustained injury but was responding to treatment.
“Jude told me that he saw the girlfriend himself from the inside as she was pulling off the nets. He said his estranged girlfriend threw a container into the room where he was with his mother and another two-year-old child and immediately lit a match stick and took off”
“The whole room caught fire, and the young man, confused and helpless battled to save his mother and the little child in the room”
It was also gathered that after committing the crime, the young lady was said to have padlocked the door from outside, jumped on an already parked motorcycle outside the compound and took off to an unknown destination.
It was further gathered that it was Jude’s cries for help that woke neighbours around who rushed to see what was happening and saw a burning room and three people battling to escape from the fire. They broke the door, managed to put out the fire and rushed the young man to the hospital.
“Although all three persons in the room are still alive, the young man is left with severe burns from the fire incidence while his mother and the child sustained minor burns” Aondoakula said.
The incedence is coming few weeks after a married man had set himself and his girlfriend ablaze, where both of them died in the inferno after the lady precilla Pam ended her relationship with Nicholas when she discovered that he was married with children and abandoned them in the village