A middle-aged man in Warri identified as Ovie Okpare, has reportedly set himself ablaze over an allegation of his wife infidelity at Owharen Street of Ovwian in Udu Council Area of Delta State.
Report just reaching us indicated that the incident occurred on Friday inside the apartment of the victim. Sources said the incident, however, led to serious anxiety among residents of the area as the inferno spread to other apartments causing properties worth millions of naira to be destroyed in the process.
A resident of the area said that the victim had in the weeks past threatened to kill himself after his wife was reportedly caught having sex with one of his male messengers in the area.
It was reported by our source that on Friday when the man returned home, he locked himself up and poured fuel on his body and thereafter light himself where he burnt beyond recognition before help could come his way.
“Some few weeks ago, his wife, Blessing was caught having sex with their neighbour, with a young boy who washes the Keke (tricycle) of the man. The boy is one of the boys whom he usually sent on an errand in the area.
“Though the wife has since left his apartment, the man returned home that day, poured fuel on his body, barricaded himself inside his apartment with an iron bar and set himself ablaze”, the source told newsmen.
In another analysis, a resident of the area said their action was drawn to the incident when a thick smoke was seen emanating from the apartment and was fast spreading to other neighbouring apartments whose residents were already asleep. The owner of the building, Mr Nyonren Egharan while lamenting the incident said.
“When the fire broke out, I ran to where the fire started from, broke into the apartment and tried to rescue the victim who held on to a chair and insisted that he wanted to end his life.
“His action during the inferno that claimed his life fuels the suspicion that he may have set the house on fire by himself to reinforce the suicide argument. I sustained serious burnt from the raging fire while trying to rescue the victim.”
After the victim’s landlord saw the great wreck the inferno has done to his building, he then appealed to Udu council and the Delta state government with claims that all his life savings were consumed in the inferno.
At the Ovwian-Aladja Police Station, a source also confirmed the incident, adding that the victim had been evacuated to a nearby morgue.