A landlord in Calabar has set the room of one of his tenants on fire, burning her to death over the failure of the said tenant to pay the rent charge eleven thousand naira rent.
The landlord whose name was given as David Ntiero Okon had poured fuel in the room of Mrs Mary Samuel and ignited the fire that engulfed the one-room apartment and eventually killed her.
Reports from a tenant in the house, Obongette, said that the lady who has lived in the house for over seven years owed the landlord eleven thousand naira following the downturn in her fish business. He said;
“The woman is a fish seller and on Wednesday morning she went to buy fish at Oron in Akwa Ibom State and when she came back that evening the landlord asked her to pay the balance of her annual rent but she said she did not have any money but should be allowed to sell her fish the next day so she could raise money to pay the rent”.
“As the woman shouted and tried to escape but the man locked the door and when people came to rescue her, he brought out a machete and chased them away threatening to kill anyone who dared to rescue the burning lady”.
He also added that when the woman died, the people in the area mobilised and took the corpse of the woman to the landlord’s apartment and laid it there till the next day.
Giving further explanations, Obongette said;
“Police came yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and carried the body and also arrested the man because we ensured that he did not escape or do any other thing.
The house was built by his late father and he chased away all his siblings from the house and took over the house”.
The Cross River state Police spokesman, DSP Irene Ugbo, said that the man is in police custody while the corpse has been deposited in the mortuary adding that Investigations are going on to unravel what really happened.