Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
A jealous lover has set a Pastor and his female assistant on fire in Igbogene, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over the weekend.
The 40-year- old suspect, Etifa Obukulubu, had erroneously believed that his girlfriend was in the house with her lover and without waiting to confirm, allegedly set the house ablaze. Sources said Obukulubu’s girlfriend, Wilberforce had vacated the house to enable the deceased who were invited for a programme used the house for the weekend.
According to sources, an enraged Obukulubu when getting to the house noticed that a male and a female were in the house and concluded that it was his girlfriend and immediately brought fuel from his car and set the house ablaze.
It was gathered that the incident, which occurred at about 3am on Saturday, led to pandemonium as attempts to rescue those inside the building failed.
Findings indicated that the exit door out of the house was jammed from outside when the targeted girlfriend, Wilberforce reportedly vacated her home for the deceased pastor and his assistant who came from outside the state on an evangelical mission.
Residents of the area said the suspect unaware of the visit of the Pastor had waited for his girlfriend to come home and when he noticed that there were people in the house he got angry and did what he did.
“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 used fuel to set fire round the house. But he did not know that his girlfriend had left to go and sleep with another friend.”