The people of Umuna community in Orlu Local Council Area of Imo Area, Biafraland were thrown into shock in the early hours of yesterday when a middle aged man identified as Uche allegedly set his wife, Ugochi Uche ablaze before handing himself over to the police.
It was gathered that Uche, a 45-year-old man had allegedly doused his wife, who was said to be sleeping with fuel and set her ablaze.
Before the ugly incident, it was learnt that the man had accused the wife of infidelity, which had resulted in a serious quarrel between the couple three days earlier.
According to a family source, “the woman was sleeping when her husband set her ablaze after pouring fuel on her.”
However, trouble broke out at the couple’s hometown in Umuahiami Afara, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state yesterday when the in-laws from Ekwe Autonomous community in Isu Njaba Local Government Area stormed the sleepy Afara village on revenge mission destroying their son in-law’s house and property worth millions of naira.
Sources said it took the intervention of the detachment of police to quell the violence.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident said the suspect was in their custody, adding that the matter was still under investigation.
The police spokesman further revealed that the victim was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.