Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: Man Sets Ablaze 111-Year-Old Woman

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Blazing fire

Makurdi — A 35-year-old man at the weekend allegedly killed a 111-year-old woman by setting her ablaze with ten thatched houses at Adamgbe village in Vandeikiya Local Government Area of Benue State.

The suspected arsonist, Tyoa-kaa Ijoho, it was gathered acted on a juju priest's revelation which linked his father's death, who was said to have been bitten by a snake earlier to the handiwork of some family members.

Daily Trust learnt that Ijoho, based on his findings relocated from the village to another area in Konshisha Local Government Area.

However, according to Abra-ham Chafa, who witnessed the incident, the suspect returned a few days ago to take vengeance for his deceased father as he set the houses on fire, killing the blind woman.

"My mother, Mama Mezaga Chafa, who is aged 75, tried to pull the 111- year- old blind woman out of one of the thatched houses while they were on fire but her strength failed, as you can imagine that age is not on her side as well. So, the old woman was burnt to death", Chafa said.

It was gathered that prompt response of the vigilance group in the area led to the arrest of the suspect who was handed over to the police in Vandikya, while the body of the old woman, Mama Martha Gyuse Bonko, was deposited at a private hospital in Tsar Mbaduku.

When contacted, the police spokesman, Daniel Ezeala, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident.

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