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A middle-aged man, simply identified as Kuryanga, has allegedly burnt his estranged wife in Adamawa State, SaharaReporters learnt.
The incident happened last Thursday, in Guyuk town in the Guyuk Local Government Area of the state.
Armed with Premium Motor Spirit, also called petrol and matches, Kuryanga, reportedly attacked and set ablaze his estranged wife, Janet John, while she was asleep.
“It was terrifying to wake up to see the burning; it was like a typical horror movie scene. It was more torture to hear my niece’s cry for help while she burnt,” John’s aunt, Noyina, tearfully recounted in Hausa.
John and Kuryanga ended their 7-year marriage three years ago, with a court order prohibiting him from seeing her due to his violent behaviour, according to family sources.
“Despite getting married to another lady coupled with the court verdict, Kuryanga still refused to let go of her (my niece). Since then, he’s been jealous, threatening her life and those of her suitors.
“After he eventually struck, he still joined sympathisers at my niece’s bedside in the hospital the following day. He almost got away with it, fortunately, his pregnant wife later confirmed that a container of petrol left at the crime scene belonged to their family.
“He tiptoed to her sleeping area within our compound in the dead of night, poured petrol, struck the matches and fled; leaving her in flames. He got her because of the scourging hot weather; we all sleep in the open,” Noyina further narrated.
Kuryanga has confessed to the crime and pleaded for understanding, according to Noyina.
However, when our correspondent called the spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, he could not confirm the incident.