By Chidi Nkwopara
Imo State Police Command has spread its dragnet to apprehend a middle aged man, Nnamdi Obioha Amadi, from Amauzari, Isiala Mbano local council area of Imo State, for allegedly setting his pregnant wife, Chibuzor, ablaze.
Vanguard gathered that the late 25-year old Chibuzor hails from Amaraku, in Isiala Mbano local government area of the state, graduated from Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, while Amadi, alias Ite Ego, is a motor mechanic.
Narrating the ugly tale to newsmen, the aggrieved father of the deceased, Mr. Samuel Obioha, said her daughter told him from her sick bed before she gave up the ghost that her problem started when she answered a call meant for her husband.
â€œShe also told me that when her husband noticed her reaction because the call came from his girl friend, he took offence and both of them exchanged words and her husband started beating her upâ€, Mr. Obioha said.
According to the aggrieved man, Amadi brought out a bottle of petrol, emptied it on her, set her ablaze, jumped out of the room and locked her inside.
It was also gathered that when Amadi saw the flames of fire coming from the room, he unlocked the door and his pregnant wife ran out and cried for help, adding that she was already burnt beyond redemption before the door was unlocked.
What pained the man was that even when sympathetic neighbours were making frantic efforts to save Chibuzorâ€™s life, her husband allegedly refused to release his car key, which would have been used to convey her to hospital.
As at the time of going to press, the state police command had not succeeded in arresting the fleeing Nnamdi Obioha Amadi, even as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Linus Nwaiwu, an assistant superintendent of police was not around to confirm the story when Vanguard visited.