Man, 40 sets lover, self ablaze over marriage rift


By Chris Marks 

One Mr. Nicodemus Nomyange aged 40 years old was reportedly set his girlfriend Shininenge Pam and himself ablaze because of she refused to marry him.

NATIONAL PANEL gathered that Nomyange visited Pam on Saturday in her house in Inikpi Street, in the High-Level area of Makurdi, the Benue state capital with a gallon of fuel, which he used to set the apartment on fire.

The two lovers were found dead in the inferno.

Nomyange, who was a middle aged man was reportedly going out with the young lady for some time ago.

Our source and also claims to be Pam’s neighbor, Dorry, said, “Nomyange was married with children. But he proposed to the young lady, whom he claimed to have invested on her.

“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.”

Doris added that the woman's decision, infuriated Nomyange.

“It was the man who rented this apartment for her and furnished it to taste.

“Nobody expected what happened because the man did not show any sign of anger. But yesterday (Saturday) around 6.30pm, 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,” Dorry said.

She said residents suddenly noticed fire coming out of the apartment, adding that efforts to put out the fire were not successful.

However, when firefighters visited the scene, the two lovers were reported to have died in the incident.

Confirming the incident, the Benue state Police mouth-piece, DSP Catherine Anene, said witnesses told the police that they saw the man with fuel but assumed that he wanted to use it for the generator.

“We heard that the man and the lady had been having misunderstanding before the sad incident,” Anene said and told NATIONAL PANEL that the command has swung in investigation to find out the real cause of the incident.

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