LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – A woman identified as Maryam Aminu has set herself ablaze over alleged cheating by her boyfriend in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
Mr. Adamu Shehu, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on 27 April.
According to him, the 35-year-old woman resides in the Gindin Dinya area of Dutse where she set herself on fire at about 2:00 am on 27 April.
He said preliminary investigations showed the lady used petrol and set herself ablaze.
He further revealed that, although, she sustained severe burns, some people in the neighbourhood extinguished the fire and rescued the lady.
“Although the cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, it was alleged to be connected to a relationship with her 40-year-old boyfriend, identified as Ibrahim Haruna.
“The lady suffered second degree burns, she is currently receiving medical attention at the General Hospital, Dutse,” Shehu said.
An eyewitness, Muhammad Yusif said the lady became furious when she learnt that her boyfriend went to see another woman and set herself on fire.
“She is a jealous commercial sex worker living in the neighbourhood.
“The lady suspected that her boyfriend went to see another woman and attempted to commit suicide.”