A man has been recently arrested for allegedly pouring petrol and setting his wife ablaze during a marital dispute between the couple in Benin, the Edo State capital.
The middle-aged man simply identified as Onya, set his wife, Margaret Onya, on fire, leaving her with severe burns. Margaret, who is in a critical condition, is being treated at a private medical facility in Benin City.
The shocking incident occurred on Saturday, June 11, at 35 JB street, Ekosodin quarters, off Ugbowo-Lagos Road, around the University of Benin.
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Eye witness accounts say trouble started when Onya allegedly refused to attend the burial ceremony of his father in-law. Neighbours said that though the funeral rites of the father-in-law had been concluded, Margaret was not happy with her husband’s decision not to attend her father’s burial.
A neighbour narrates that the woman was badly burnt; the weavon she fix peeled off on her skin. Her skin was in layers and were all gone from the burns.
Speaking from her hospital bed, Mrs. Margaret is reported to have 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.”
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Elder brother of the victim, Mr. Julius Eteghe, has described the development as shocking. A source at the state police command disclosed that Mr. Onya has been detained by the police.