In Enugu, Nigeria, a middle-aged man, Ndubuisi Egeonu, on Saturday set ablaze his pregnant wife and his two sons who were between two and three years.
Report says the man, who is now no where to be found, locked up members of his family in his barbing shop and set the place on fire at about 11 a.m.
An eyewitness who described Egeonu as an erratic character that regularly beat his wife narrated how they were attracted to the container which served as his shop.
The man reportedly arrived his shop at 61 Mount Street, Idaw River in the Awkunanaw area of Enugu, that morning and requested the wife to escort him to a filling station to buy fuel.
When they returned he reportedly tried to drag one of his female neighbors from a nearby shop, claiming she was indebted to him. The effort proved futile as neighbors intervened.
“Immediately the man returned to his shop, he tied the hands of his wife and poured the fuel on the floor. He thereafter locked the wife and his two sons inside the container and lit matches through the window to ignite it,” an eyewitness said.
“It was when the fire started that we rushed to the shop and heard voices inside that we realized what happened. He actually tied his wife’s hands, poured petrol into the shop, locked the shop and put the place on fire.
“We rushed and broke the door but by then the pregnant woman and her children had been severely burnt.”
They all sustained serious burn injuries from the inferno. The youngest son went into coma, but was later revived two hours after the incident at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, where they took them for treatment. The wife and the first son are now on danger list at the hospital.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect immediately took to his heels and has not been found. He added that investigations had commenced, adding that the police would do everything possible to apprehend the suspect.