Landlord units tenant ablaze over nonpayment of N11, 000 hire in Calabar
A landlord on Wednesday doused the room of one among his tenants with petrol and set it on hearth, burning her to dying over nonpayment of 11 thousand naira hire.
The incident came about at No 9, Ansa Ewa Avenue, Cobham City within the Bayside space of town when the owner whose title was given as David Ntiero Okon poured gasoline within the room of Mrs Mary Samuel and ignited hearth that engulfed the one-room condominium and finally killed her.
A tenant in the home, Obongette, a safety man informed Vanguard that the girl who has lived in the home for over seven years owed the owner eleven thousand naira following the downturn in her fish enterprise attributable to incessant assaults by militants within the Calabar Water Channel.
“The girl is a fish vendor and on Wednesday morning she went to purchase fish at Oron in Akwa Ibom State and when she got here again that night the owner requested her to pay the stability of her annual hire however she mentioned she didn’t have any cash however must be allowed to promote her fish the following day so she might increase cash to pay the hire”.
In keeping with Obongette, the owner grew to become infuriated by the girl’s enchantment and began accusing her of refusing to pay him the hire and when the girl went to tub the person poured gasoline within the room and after bathing as she stepped into the room the person ignited hearth which engulfed the place.
“As the girl shouted and tried to flee however the man locked the door and when folks got here to rescue her, he introduced out a machete and chased them away threatening to kill anybody who dared to rescue the burning girl”.
He mentioned after the girl died folks within the space mobilised and took the corpse of the girl to the owner’s condominium and laid it there until the following day.
“Police got here yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and carried the physique and in addition arrested the person as a result of we ensured that he didn’t escape or do another factor. The home was constructed by his late father and he chased away all his siblings from the home and took over the home”.
DSP Irene Ugbo, the Cross River Police spokesman mentioned the person is in police custody whereas the corpse has been deposited within the mortuary. “Investigations are happening to unravel what actually occurred” she said.
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