A middle-aged man, identified as Nicodemus, has set himself and his girlfriend ablaze in Makurdi, Benue Police Command said on Sunday.
The Spokesperson of the Benue command, DSP Catherine Anene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that be while Nicodemus died on the spot, Shiminenge, his girlfriend, died later at the Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.
DSP 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 partners, however, the cause of the argument was unknown.
Anene said that Nicodemus had locked himself and the lady in her room before torching the room.
“According to an eyewitness, there was an argument between them which we are yet to find out.
“We understand that Nicodemus, while coming to Shiminenge’s house, came along with fuel.
“He used the fuel to set himself and the lady ablaze after locking the house from inside,” Anene said.
One of Shiminenge’s neighbours told NAN correspondent that Nicodemus had abandoned his wife and kids for the lady and that trouble erutped when the lady told him of her intention to marry someone else.
“Nicodemus was not happy with the lady over her decision to leave him for another man.
“He had earlier abandoned his wife and kids for Shiminenge. So, he couldn’t bear the disappointment,” the neighbor, who preferred anonymity, said.