A middle-aged man, simply identified as Nicodemus has set himself and his girlfriend ablaze in Makurdi, Benue State.

Spokesperson of Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident on Sunday hinted that Nicodemus died on the spot while his girlfriend identified as Shiminenge died later at the Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

Anene explained that Nicodemus committed the act at his girlfriend’s residence on Inkipi Street, High-Level area of Makurdi on Saturday evening.

The Police PRO further disclosed that an argument had ensued between them, adding that the cause of the argument was unknown.

She said that Nicodemus had locked himself and the lady in her room before setting the room ablaze.

The Police informed that; “We understand that Nicodemus, while coming to Shiminenge’s house, came along with fuel.

“He used the fuel to set himself and the lady ablaze after locking the house from inside”.

In the meantime, one of Shiminenge neighbours, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that Nicodemus had abandoned his wife and kids for the lady and that trouble ensued when the lady told him of her plan to marry someone else.

“Nicodemus was not happy with the lady over her decision to leave him for another man.

“He had earlier abandoned his wife and kids for Shiminenge. So, he couldn’t bear the disappointment”.

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