A man, identified as Sunday Arigbe, was set ablaze by a woman over his inability to pay back N200 debt he owed her. The incident happened around Jakpa junction, Efurun, Delta State.
According to PM Express, The Police have arrested the 42-year-old woman, simply identified as Faith, who allegedly poured fuel on Sunday Arigbe and set him ablaze over N200 debt. She was said to have carried out the gruesome act alongside a female accomplice, a black market petrol operator now at large.
Eyewitness report said trouble started when the woman had demanded for her N200 from Sunday, which resulted in an arguement leading to her pouring fuel on the victim. It was however gathered that after she had poured fuel on Arigbe, the second woman, Faith, lit and threw a match stick at the deceased’s direction and he was immediately engulfed by fire.
“Mr. Sunday Arigbe was owing the woman, popularly called Mama, N200 balance for the fuel he had bought from her some time ago. When she asked for the money, they started exchanging words and the woman poured petrol on him. Another petty trader, close to the woman, threw a match stick on Sunday’s body which resulted in him getting burnt. All his body got burnt and he died before they rushed him to the hospital after sympathizers were able to put off the fire” one of the witnesses recounted.
Passersby rushed to the scene trying to put off the fire using sand but the inferno escalated really fast and the victim suffered severe burns before he was rushed to the hospital. The victim later died at the hospital haven suffered from the first-degree injuries he received from the fire
Following the incident, Police operatives from the Ekpan Police Division have arrested Faith while Mama absconded. It was gathered the Police have repeatedly raided Jakpa Junction in search of the fleeing woman. A relative of the deceased, who drew the attention of news reporters to the incident, accused the Police of attempts to sweep the matter under the carpet.
The deceased’s relation, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, while demanding justice for his slain brother, said the Police were not doing enough to apprehend the second culprit.
When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke, confirmed the incident. Adeleke, who said one of the suspects has been an arrest, added that she would be charged to Court.
Also confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya, said one of the suspects, Faith, was already in Police custody.