Tragedy occurred at Onugba Nike area of Enugu State on August 24th, after 20-year-old Cynthia Onah, out of jealousy set ablaze another woman, 22-year old Chinwe Igwe for snatching her boyfriend, one Chika Kelechi.
According to SunNews, Chika and Chinwe who had dated each other for almost five years, had a misunderstanding and stopped dating each other.
Chika later met Cynthia, a prostitute and they started dating. But after a month of being together, they too had issues and split.
Along the line, Chika got to meet his former girl Chinwe. They got to reconcile and started their love life all over again.
Unfortunately, Cynthia wasn't going to let them be together.
Cynthia Onah reportedly threatened that she would never leave Chika for any other lady. She threatened Chinese, warned her to stay away from Chika.
When Chika and Chinese continued their relationship, on that fateful day, Cynthia and another suspect, one Obiora Chukwuegbo stormed Chika’s home at 11:30pm with a gallon of fuel, emptied its content on Chinwe who was already asleep and set her on fire.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, State CID Enugu, Mr. Philip Ogbadu told Sunday Sun that they have been able to arrest the three suspects, Chika Kelechi, Cynthia Onah and Obiora Chukwuegbo and that the case is still under investigation.
The boyfriend, Chika told Sunday Sun :
I am a driver and I’ve been dating Chinwe for the past five years. We had little quarrel and we stopped dating.
I meet Cynthia who is a prostitute and dated her for just one month. We separated one month after because at times she would be chasing me with a knife. I couldn’t bear it and so I went back to settle with my former girlfriend.
Cynthia didn’t give up as she threatened that she was going to deal with us. She even threatened to pour acid on me.
Being a driver, I travelled the day Cynthia burnt my girlfriend. It was one of my neighbours that called me to say that my house was on fire and that somebody poured fuel under the door and it exploded and burnt my girlfriend who was sleeping in the room; that they have rescued her through the window.
When I got home, I saw that all my property had been burnt to ashes. My girlfriend was hospitalized because she sustained injuries from the fire. But I am determined and I have promised God that with the condition of my girlfriend that I am still going to marry her.
The suspect, Cynthia said:
“I started dating Chika when he had misunderstanding with his former girlfriend, Chinwe.We dated for one month and then he told me that he was no longer interested in marrying me.
Chika is owing me N12,000.
When we had a quarrel, I did not threaten him with a knife. I only used the knife to deflate his tyres.
I have quarreled with Chinwe several times. I sent her a text message to leave my boyfriend. Because she threatened me, I also threatened her that she will never enjoy the relationship.
I don’t know anything about who took fuel to the house of her boyfriend and burnt the house.
On that fateful day, Chika called my phone at night and said that I should meet him at Emene junction. I was out waiting for him when the policemen from the State CID arrested me.
I didn’t know anything about the incident. I only know we have traded words.
When Sunday Sun visited the victim at the Annunciation Specialist Hospital Emene Area, Enugu State, she said:
I am still shocked at what happened. I regret dating Chika as I have been turned to something else now.
I saw Cynthia Onah and Chukwuegbo Obiora after they had poured fuel under the door and fire was everywhere. I was calling him for help. It was when I was calling for help through the other window that I saw Cynthia Onah and Obiora Chkwuegbo running away and I was shouting for help until the neighbours broke one of the windows and carried me out from the window.
My relationship with Chika is over. I am in pains and agony. I didn’t know what to do. I was sleeping and suddenly I saw smoke and it exploded and caught fire. I could have been burnt to ashes if not for the neighbours who broke through the window and rescued me,”
CP Adamu said the suspects would soon be charged to court.