Man Forces Wife To Drink Petrol, Sets Her Ablaze ‘…No, She Killed Herself’

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Pandemonium
broke out in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State at the weekend when a man
set his wife ablaze for complaining to her sister-in-law on phone about the
husband’s alleged maltreatment . The suspect later reported himself to the
police. The man, whose name was given as Ndubuisi Okafor, a trailer driver, who
hails from Amawbia, Awka in Anambra State, had allegedly been having quarrels
with the wife for sometime now.

Okafor, who owns two trailers, was
reported to have severally accused her wife of being too religious which he
claimed, prevented him from making good money. He was alleged to have even
destroyed the wife’s Bible. A source revealed that two days to the incident,
the woman, Chinyere, 40, who hailed from Obingwu Asa in Ukwa West Local
Government of Abia State, had complained to the husband that she was sick and
needed initially money to buy some drugs, which the husband refused.
This prompted Chinyere to call her
sister-in-law on phone to complain about it and other related issues which did
not go down well with the man. Okafor, according to the source, later gave the
wife money for the drugs and travelled to Port Harcourt. When Okafor came back
from his journey the following day he met his wife cooking and went inside the
kitchen to confront her over the phone call to his sister. The man did not
accept his wife’s explanations. He allegedly pounced on his wife, who had three
boys for him and attacked her.
After beating the wife to stupor,
Okafor allegedly forced her to drink some litres of fuel, poured some on her
body before dumping his wife, into a big rubber container before setting her
ablaze. Neighbours who were attracted to the apartment by the woman’s cry for
help broke into their flat, put out the fire before rushing the lady to
hospital. The first hospital she was taken to rejected her due to the high
degree of burns she sustained.
But it was at the Living Word Mission
Hospital where she was admitted and given first aid treatment and referred to
UNTH, Enugu. It was on their way to UNTH at Osisioma, about two kilometres from
the hospital, the woman died. Four hospitals allegedly rejected the body being
deposited at their mortuary because it was badly damaged. When Okafor learnt
the wife had died, he reported himself to the Timber Police Station where he
reportedly told the police it was his wife that set herself ablaze. Relations
of the deceased are alleging that the man killed their sister for rituals.
According to the woman’s elder sister,
Nkechinyere Nwogu, “before the incident, Okafor had severally told my sister he
needed money at all costs and that the wife had been the stumbling block, and
he even destroyed her Bible. “Presently, we the family members don’t know where
the body of my sister is because four hospitals rejected her body to be deposited
in their mortuary due to its very bad state.”
When our correspondent visited 45
Azubuike Street by Uratta /Express junction residence of the couple, the
building was deserted by their neighbours over fear of massive arrest by the
police. As at Press time, the suspect was still being detained at the Timber
Police Station.

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