A 40-year-old man, Etifa Obukulubu, who set a house ablaze in Bayelsa State, killing a pastor with New Baptist Church and a young woman, claimed that he caught his estranged girlfriend in bed with the pastor.
A makeup artist and baker, Elvina Japheth Abilo was burnt to death in the incident which happened at the Igbogene-Apie area of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa Stateon Saturday, October 31, about 3 am while the pastor identified as Henry is said to have passed away later.
It was gathered that the suspect had targeted his ex-girlfriend identified as Wilberforce, who had ended their relationship but unknown to him, she had already left the house for pastor Henry and Elvina, who was said to be his assistant.
Obukulubu, who was among 45 suspects of various crimes paraded by the Police at the command headquarters on Tuesday, December 15, told newsmen that he acted in anger after peeping through the window to see the pastor on top of his girlfriend.
“It was due to anger that I carried out the arson. We have been dating for four years and this year, between October 30 and 31, I realised that my girlfriend was always going to the pastor’s house each time I was not at home,” he said.
“When I found out the affair between the pastor and my girlfriend, I became angry and all I could think of at the time was to set them ablaze. It was anger that made me set them ablaze. I caught them red-handed sleeping on the bed after I peep through the window.” he added.
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