While Nigeria at 51 anniversary was being celebrated by Nigerians across the globe, a man realised there was a more dramatic way to do it. Alexander Ndubuisi Egeonzu set his entire family of a wife and two sons in flames. The two sons were just two and three years old.
All three members survived the ordeal. However, while the youngest sons condition is said to have stabilised, that of the pregnant mother and her older son is very critical. Both mother and son have been placed under the hospital’s danger list.
The suspect is said to have fled the scene after setting his pregnant wife and sons ablaze in his shop at 61 Mount Street, Awkunanaw, Enugu where he sell musical records and CD’s. According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, the victim has not been seen since he fled. In addition, he said that the police have opened an investigation into the case in order to ascertain the reason behind the crime as well as to arrest the suspect.
Shortly before the incident, the man had asked his wife to accompany him to the filling station. Not suspecting a thing, she consented. On getting back, the suspect was said to have tried to drag a neighbouring shop owner to his shop. When that became unsuccessful, he went back to his shop and according to eyewitnesses “Immediately the man returned to his shop, he tied the hands of his wife and poured the fuel on the floor. He thereafter locked the wife and his two sons inside the container and lit matches through the window to ignite it”.
The victims were already severely burnt before they could be rescued by neighbours who forced opened the container shop in order to bring them out. They were immediately taken to the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre but the expectant mother and her first son were transferred to the National Orthopaedic Hospital as a result of their life-threatening situation.
The suspect is from Umunoha in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. Besides selling CD’s and musical records, he is also a barber.
Source: Vanguard Nigeria