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In Ebonyi, Police on manhunt

By Maureen Ikpeama

A man, simply identified as Akpos, has allegedly burnt his wife Risikat to death at their residence on Ayide Osolo Street, Divine Estate, in the Ijanikin area of Lagos State.

Akpos and Risikat were at their residence when an argument ensued between them. The argument reportedly degenerated and Akpos, out of annoyance, reached for petrol, poured it on his wife and set her ablaze  abandoned her and fled the home 

Some good Samaritans reportedly rushed the victim to a nearby hospital for treatment, as the matter was reported at the Ijanikin Police Station for investigation.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said Risikat sustained severe burns and died while receiving treatment in the hospital.

He said, “A case was reported at the Ijanikin Police Station that a woman, Risikat, 48, allegedly had an altercation with her husband and in the process, he poured petrol on his wife and set her ablaze.

“It resulted in serious bodily burns and she was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment but she died. Efforts are on to arrest the fleeing husband. 

In another development, commercial motorcyclists on Thursday lynched a yet-to-be-identified man for allegedly attempting to steal a motorcycle around Ara Junction, Agric Road, in the Egan area of Igando, Lagos.

The motorcyclist was heading for a destination when two suspected thieves ambushed him at an area close to the junction.

The suspects were said to have inflicted injuries on the victim, as they dispossessed him of his motorcycle.

The hoodlums were reportedly taking away the motorcycle when some passersby raised the alarm, which attracted the attention of other motorcyclists in the area.

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The motorcyclists chased and caught up with them at Ara Junction, where they descended on them.

The angry motorcyclists were said to have subjected the suspects to jungle justice as one of them was burnt.

Reacting to the incident, the state police spokesperson, Hundeyin, said, “By the time the police got to the scene, everybody had fled,” the corpse had been deposited in a morgue.

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