A 19-year-old suspected Internet fraudster in Lagos, Orji Ifeanyichukwu Victor, has been arrested for setting his girlfriend, 24-year-old Alabi Tolani Mariam, on fire for cheating on him.
According to the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, the incident led to the death of the victim.
Elkana said, “On 7/12/2019 at about 1145hrs, operatives of Iba Police Station arrested one Orji Ifeanyichukwu Victor, 19, for setting one Alabi Tolani Maria, 24, ablaze.
“The suspect confessed that he used petrol to set the victim ablaze.
"They met through a hookup and she moved into his house in March.
“They have since inhabited as lovers.
“The suspect has been into Internet fraud popularly known as 'Yahoo yahoo' for the past three years.
"He brought the victim into his house with the condition that she will quit prostitution and stick to him alone.
"Trouble started on Thursday when she left home to fix her hair and did not return until the next day. She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man.
“Victor got to know on Saturday when she returned through her phone that he scrolled. He saw her chats, video calls and pictures of herself naked that she sent to the 'client' she spent the night with. The young man became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze.
“A team of detectives visited the scene. The victim was taken to General Hospital, Igando, were she was admitted but died in the early hours of Sunday 8/12/2019.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the immediate transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba. The suspect will be charged to court for murder.”