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Angry husband sets wife ablaze in Benin


fire_06A middle-aged man, simply identified as Onya, has been arrested by the police in Benin, Edo State, for allegedly setting his wife, Margaret Onya, ablaze after a disagreement. The incident occurred at No. 35, JB street, Ekosodin quarters, off Ugbowo-Lagos Road, Benin City.‎

The man was alleged to have poured petrol on his wife and set her ablaze with a matchstick. Margaret, who suffered severe burns from the incident, is now being treated at a private medical facility in Benin City.

Trouble started when Onya allegedly refused to attend the burial ceremony of his father in-law.
Neighbours said though the funeral rites of his father-in-law had been concluded, Margaret was not happy with her husband’s decision not to attend her father’s burial.

The elder brother of the victim, Mr. Julius Eteghe, who described the development as shocking, added that the incident happened late on Saturday.

On her part, Margaret, who spoke from her hospital bed, said: “We had a quarrel and my husband told me he would teach me a lesson. After our disagreement, I sat on the chair and my husband went inside, brought petrol and wanted to pour it on me.

“I held the jar and as we were dragging, I was shouting for help. He overpowered me and poured the contents on me and lit a match. I was saved by one of my neighbours, who rushed into our apartment and put out the fire,” she stated.

A neighbour, who witnessed the ugly incident, said: “The place is actually a campus area and I happen to live there because of its close proximity to school. I heard a noise outside and decided to know what was going on. At first I thought it was a normal cultist fight, until I saw people crying. I was so scared, I asked what happened and I was told that a man poured fuel on his wife and set her ablaze and ran away.

“This woman was badly burnt, the weavon she fixed peeled off on her skin. Her skin was in layers and was all gone as at the time I ran out. She was rushed to the hospital but I heard hospitals are on strike, so I don’t know how she’s going to survive the terrible burns and pain.

Efforts to reach the State police spokesman, Abiodun Osifo, a Superintendent, were unsuccessful as calls put to his mobile phone went unanswered. A source at the state police command, however, disclosed that Onya has been detained.

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