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Man sets himself and lover ablaze in Benue

A man identified as Nicodemus set himself and lover ablaze in Benue
Tochi Juliet

A young man identified as Nicodemus in his forties has set himself and his lover ablaze over an unknown argument in Makurdi, the capital city of Benue state.

The Benue Police Command in Benue, on Sunday, confirmed the incident.

The command’s Spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that Nicodemus died on the spot, while the girlfriend, also identified as Shiminenge, died later at the Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

The ugly incident took place at at the girlfriend’s residence on Inkipi Street, High-Level area of Makurdi on Saturday evening.

It was gathered that an argument ensued between the lovers, Nicodemus had locked himself and the lady in her room before setting the room ablaze.

“According to an eyewitness, there was an argument between the lovers which we are yet to find out.

Nicodemus while coming to Shiminenge’s house, came along with fuel and we thought it was for generator.”

A neighbour also told journalists that Nicodemus had abandoned his wife and kids for the lady and that the trouble ensued when the lady told him of her plans 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 neigbour said.

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