A tragedy occurred on Saturday in Igbogene area of Yenagoa Local Government Area, the Bayelsa State, as a 40-year-old jealous lover, identified as Etifa Obukulubu, reportedly set ablaze the home of his girlfriend over suspicion of cheating.
According to Daily Post, a female assistant deceased and a pastor working with the New Baptist Church was allegedly burnt to death in the fire.
The burnt house according to some residents’ claim was rented by the deceased pastor while others said it was owned by the targeted girl’s family.
The incident which started at about 3 am on Saturday, led to pandemonium as an attempt to rescue those inside the building failed.
It was also gathered that the exit door out of the house was jammed from outside when the targeted girlfriend, identified as Wilberforce, reportedly vacated her home for the deceased pastor and his assistant who came from outside the state on an evangelical mission.
Residents of Igbogene Community told DAILY POST, that the suspect, who is a commercial driver, had waited for his girlfriend to come home, “but maybe on sighting her with a man and another girl, he got angry and set the home ablaze.
“He waited for them to enter the house. And use fuel to set fire around the house. But he did not know that his girlfriend had left gone to sleep with another friend.”
Another resident, who described the suspect as a loner, said the incident shocked everyone in the area, “these lovers were staying three houses apart and no one suspected they were dating.
“It is unfortunate that the pastor and his assistant died in the fire. I was told the pastor was invited to preach in Yenagoa and the estranged girlfriend offered her home for them to sleep so for them to leave early.”
Contacted on the development, the Spokesman to the Bayelsa Police Command, confirmed the incident and said investigation is ongoing.
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