Mother, three Children burnt to death by mysterious fire
There was outrage in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital earlier today when a mysterious fire that gutted a thatched house burnt a mother, Mrs Chigozie Onuobu and her three children to death on Tuesday night.
Reports said that the woman and her children were sleeping when the fire caught up with them at their home in Aguabata Echara in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, a source within the area said there was a land dispute between the victims’ family and another family who had allegedly vowed to wipe them out.
The source added that it was not long after they received the threats that the incident happened.
The source further disclosed that two persons had been reportedly arrested in connection with the incident.
He called for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the incident.
In a similar vein, the woman’s cousin, Samuel Okoro, told Journalists on Wednesday morning that the fire incident was suspicious as there was no trace of bush burning around the razed building.
He said: “I don’t think it was not deliberate. There was no trace of bush burning around the building. Moreover, they have a separate kitchen where they cook. The woman is my cousin’s sister. Actually, the man married two wives but the first wife is not living with them in the same compound.
“I was told that when some people called the husband of the deceased on the development, he nearly fainted. When we asked of him, neighbours said they didn’t know his whereabouts. Maybe they felt we want to beat the man or express our anger”, Okoro said.