A man identified Chidinma Ikechukwu Omah has been confirmed dead after he was set ablaze by his 18-year-old girlfriend, Esther Alex, at Wadata, Makurdi, Benue State.
According to Police Public Relations Officer for Benue Command, DSP Catherine Anene, Esther had doused the patent medicine dealer in petrol and lit a match at around 2: am on Monday, January 11, 2021.
It was gathered that the love birds had been together for over two years but trouble started when the deceased started foot-dragging on marrying Esther which did not go down well with her.
The relationship then became tensed, resulting in constant fisticuffs.
Esther is said to have vowed to deal with the deceased each time they had a misunderstanding, up to threatening to hire assassins to kill him.
A close source revealed that the lady once poisoned his food but as luck would have it, Omah refused to eat the food but gave it to a dog who ate it and later died.
The matter worsened after Omah reportedly to his village in Enugu, last December, and performed the traditional marriage ceremony of his proposed wife.
This further aggravated the already existing tension.
Upset by the news, the girlfriend set ablaze the man ablaze. He was later confirmed dead after being taken to the hospital.
The suspect who is from Olachagbaha area of the State has now been arrested.