- Man takes off after setting his wife ablaze in Benin
- The man is currently in police custody as his wife struggles to stay alive in the hospital
- It was gathered that an argument had ensued between the couple over the man's alleged refusal to attend his father in-law’s funeral
It was shocking to neighbours and residents of 35 JB Street, Ekosodin area of Ugbowo-Lagos Road, Benin, Edo state capital on Saturday, June 11, when they witnessed how a man poured petrol on his wife and set her ablaze.
The housewife, Margaret Onya, who was allegedly set ablaze by her husband over an argument, is battling to stay alive in an undisclosed hospital.
It was gathered that an argument had ensued between the couple over Onya’s alleged refusal to attend his father in-law’s funeral.
But shortly after setting his wife ablaze, Mr. Onya who took off but was given a hot chase and arrested by the police.
Margaret, alleged that her husband had threatened to teach her a lesson after the argument and allegedly carried out the act in spite of her pleas.
She said: “We had a quarrel and my husband was telling me he will teach me a lesson. After the quarrel, I sat on the chair and my husband was gazing towards one direction.
“He later stood up, brought petrol and wanted to pour it on me. I immediately held the container and we were dragging it while I was shouting for help from neighbours.
“Before I knew it, he turned the petrol in a bucket, poured it on me and lit a matchstick. It was my neighbour who rushed into our apartment that put off the fire on me with water.”
An eyewitness narrated how the ugly incident happened: "The place is actually a campus area and I happen to live there because of the nearness to school. I heard a noise outside and decided to know what's going on. At first I thought It was normal cultist fight again, not until I saw people crying.
“I was so scared and 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 fix peeled off on her skin. Her skin was in layers and were 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.
"Everyone is saying different versions of what happened to the woman. Some men are wicked ooo, ladies please be careful of the kind of men you marry. He will either make or mar you."
The ugly incident come 15 months after a 45-year-old man identified simply as Uche reportedly set his wife, Ugochi Uche ablaze. The people of Umuna community in Orlu local council area of Imo state were left in shock following the incident.