From Our Correspondent
A middle-aged man in Adamawa identified as Kuryanga who allegedly set his estranged wife on fire was betrayed by the fuel container used in committing the heinous crime.
Kuryanga and the estranged wife have been separated for the past three years.
However, the man who is said to be married to another lady and despite a court ruling still refused to let go of her.
On the day of the incident, Kuryanga was said to have gone to the house with petrol while his estranged wife was sleeping and wet her with the liquid before setting her on fire.
But his pregnant wife later confirmed that an abandoned container at the scene of the crime belongs to their family.
He has since confessed to his crime and pleaded for forgiveness.
The incident occurred last week Thursday in Guyuk town, in the Guyuk Local Government Area of the State.
Noyina, an aunt to Janet who recounted the frightening incident, told our reporter in Hausa: “It was terrifying to wake up to a column of burning fire like a typical horror movie scene. More torturing was to hear my niece crying for help while she burns in the flames.”
John and Kuryanga ended their seven-year marriage three years ago, with a court order prohibiting him from seeing her due to his violent disposition, Noyina revealed.
She said, “Despite Kuryanga getting married to another lady, coupled with the court verdict, he still refused to let go of her while jealously threatening her life and those of her suitors.
“When he eventually struck, he also 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 an abandoned crime scene petrol container as their family belonging.
“He tiptoed to her sleeping spot within our compound in the dead of the 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.”