An 18-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly setting her boyfriend ablaze.
NEWSNAIJA learned the incident happened at Zaki Biam in the Wadata area of Makurdi, Benue State.
A neighbor of the victim, who did not want his name mentioned explained that the lovers had been together for over two years and were planning to get married to each other, adding that the victim, who was identified as Chidimma Omah, had a misunderstanding with the girl before the incident.
The neighbor further stated, that “The two have been having misunderstandings. But around 2 am today (Monday), we heard a loud noise, which woke people up and we later discovered that a house was burning.
He said “It was later that we gathered that a girl, who had a misunderstanding with her boyfriend, decided to punish him.
“As of now, we cannot say really tell what the misunderstanding was about, but by the time we got to the scene of the incident, the young man was severely burnt and had to be rushed to a hospital.”
NEWSNAIJA further learned that neighbor’s rescued the young man and rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi for treatment.
DSP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident.
She said the teenage girl poured petrol on the victim’s one-room apartment before setting it on fire.
Anene added that the girl had been arrested and was in police custody.
The PPRO stated, “We don’t know yet why she did that. We have yet to question her, but I can confirm that she has been arrested and is in our custody.
“The incident happened around 2 am today (Monday) on Zaki Biam Street in Wadata. We will let you know the details.”