Woman sets lover on fire for calling off relationship

A yet-to-be-identified lady has reportedly set her boyfriend ablaze in his house in Gboko town, in the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.

The suspect, who is at large, was said to have taken the decision after the boyfriend, identified only as Jude, ended their relationship.

This is coming barely three weeks after a married man set himself and his girlfriend ablaze in Makurdi, killing both of them, after the lady ended the relationship to enable her to marry a man of her choice.

It was learnt that in the new case, the two love birds had been in a romance relationship for some time until Jude decided to end it.

A resident, who gave his name as Bem, claimed that Jude ended the relationship because of the girlfriend’s attitude and hatred for his mother.

This, however, did not go down well with the girlfriend.

Bem explained that the girl, after setting the victim’s house on fire, padlocked the door from outside, jumped on a waiting motorcycle outside the compound and took off to an unknown destination.

He said, “The two lovebirds had a heated argument earlier that day, when Jude asked her to pack out of his house.

“He thought that he had heard the last of it, but he was wrong. About 1.30am, the girlfriend returned to the compound with three men. They tore open the window nets and started pouring a substance suspected to be petrol into the room through the window.”

Bem said the said victim was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Gboko.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the report, said the police had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspect.

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