Reaching us says a 40-year-old man, identified as Nicodemus Nomyange, has set himself and his girlfriend, known as  Shininenge Pam,  ablaze over her refusal to marry him.

NEWSNAIJA learned Nomyange had on Saturday evening visited his girlfriend’s house on Inikpi Street, in the High-Level area of Makurdi, alongside a gallon of fuel, which he used to set her apartment on fire.

Sadly the two lovers died in the inferno.

It was further learned that Nomyange, had been going out with the woman for some time.

A neighbor to the lady who identified herself simply as Dorry, said, “Nomyange was married with children. But he proposed to the young lady, whom he claimed to have invested in but the lady, having sought advice from her friends, told him that he was too old for her and that she preferred to marry a younger man and not a man already with wife and children.

According to the neighbor, the lady’s decision infuriated Nomyange.

She said  “It was the man who paid for the apartment she is staying and furnished it to her taste.

The neighbor added that “Nobody expected what happened because the man did not show any sign of anger. But yesterday around 6.30 pm, we saw him with a keg of fuel which we thought was to be used for their generator. As he entered the lady’s house, they locked themselves in,”.

She said residents suddenly noticed fire coming out of the apartment but all efforts to put out the fire proved abortive.

At the time firefighters got to the place, the two lovers were reported to have died in the inferno.

DSP Catherine Anene, the state  Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, said witnesses told the police that they saw the man with fuel and they assumed that he wanted to use it for the generator.

The DSP added that  “We heard that the man and the lady had been having misunderstanding before the sad incident,”.

Anene said the investigation was ongoing to ascertain the actual cause of the incident.