A 37-year old man has been alleged to have set the home of his in-laws on fire, killing his mother-in-law and brother-in-law.
The incident reportedly took place at Isampou in Ekeremor LGA in Bayelsa State on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
The suspect is reported to have committed the dastardly act because his wife divorced him. His brother-in-law who sustained first degree burns in the accident later died at the hospital.
Leadership Newspaper reports that an angry mob later stormed the suspect's village in speed boats,bringing with them the charred remains of the mother-in-law, before setting his family house in Bomadi, Delta State, ablaze.
Further investigations revealed that the suspect and his wife were having marital problems which forced her to call off the marriage and return to her parent's village.
An indigene of Isampou said:
"Yes I heard about the fire. We gathered that the wife left him some days ago insisting that she does not want to marry him anymore. The wife was living with her husband at Bomadi, Delta state before she left for her mother’s house at Isampou, Bayelsa."
The suspect is alleged to have poured kerosene in and around the home of his mother-in-law with the intention of killing his wife.
"Though the wife had planned to sleep. But changed her mind at the last minute and moved to the house of a friend. It was only her mother and her brother that were in the house during the fire," the eyewitness concluded.
The suspect who fled the scene immediately is yet to be apprehended. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.