For daring to lodge complaints with her sister-in-law on the phone about her husband’s alleged maltreatment, Chinyere, 40, was set ablaze by her husband, Ndubuisi Okafor, a trailer driver who hails from Amawbia, Awka in Anambra State.
The suspect who later handed himself to the police, had allegedly been having incessant squabbles with his wife before the unfortunate incident.
Okafor, who owns two trailers, was reported to have severally accused his wife of being too religious which he claimed, prevented him from making good money. He was alleged to have even destroyed her Bible. A source revealed that two days to the incident, Chinyere, an indigene of Obingwu Asa in Ukwa West Local Government of Abia State, had complained to her husband that she was sick and needed some money to buy drugs, a request that was declined.
This prompted Chinyere to call her sister-in-law on phone to complain about it and other related issues which did not go down well with the man. Okafor, according to the source, later gave the wife money for the drugs and travelled to Port Harcourt.
Upon his return the following day, Okafor accosted his wife in the kitchen over the phone call she made to his sister and despite her explanations, he allegedly pounced on her and beat her to stupor before allegedly forcing her to drink some amount of fuel.
Not done yet, Okafor doused his wife nad mother of his three sons with some more petrol before dumping her into a big rubber container and setting her ablaze.
It was her shrill cries for help that attracted neighbours who’d to break into the flat to put out the fire before rushing her to the first hospital where she was rejected due to the degree of burns she sustained.
Another hospital, the Living Word Mission Hospital admitted and gave her first aid treatment before referring them to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu where she reportedly gave up the ghost about two kilometres from the hospital.
It was after he learnt of his wife’s death that Okafor turned himself to the Timber Police Station where he reportedly told the police that his wife set herself ablaze.
However relations of the deceased are having none of it as they allege that Okafor killed Chinyere sister for ritual purpose.
According to her elder sister, Nkechinyere Nwogu, “before the incident, Okafor had severally told my sister he needed money at all costs and that the wife had been the stumbling block, and he even destroyed her Bible. Presently, we the family members don’t know where the body of my sister is because four hospitals rejected her body to be deposited in their mortuary due to its very bad state.”