Two female corps members serving in Community Secondary school Iddo in Asari-Toru LGA of Rivers State were recently severely burnt beyond recognition by the one of the victim’s boyfriend who attacked them in their room.
The incident was first reported on July 19. Reports by serving corp members in the area said the two corps members who are both females were locked in after he had poured fuel in their room and then set the room on fire. One of the victims, named Amarachi Okey Winifred, is a batch C corps member while the other whose name could not be ascertained as at time of this report is a fresh batch B corps member who just left camp and reported at the PPA few weeks ago. At first, the attackers were thought to be some PPA (Place of Primary Assignment) community boys and students from Winnie’s PPA, but the story turned out differently.
It turned out that Winnie was burned by her boyfriend because he felt she was cheating on him with a fellow corps member. A corper who stayed in the same hostel with Winnie in camp related the events.
“He thought she would be the only one in the room, he locked the door from outside, put petrol and lit the fire. Unfortunately, a friend of Winnie was also in the room. She’s a batch B corps member who just left camp some weeks ago. But Unfortunately for the boyfriend, he burnt his hands in the process. That was how the dude was identified and caught.”
“In camp she was always scared whenever he called and she missed it n all. Didn’t know d fool was like this. Four years relationship fah… Because for hostel that time, everybody go dey wonder why she dey fear am.”
After the incident, the victims were both taken to the Intensive care unit (ICU) of UNIPORT Teaching Hospital due to the critical nature of the burns. The victims did not survive the burns. Winifred died on the morning of July 31. The perpetrator however, has since been caught by the Nigeria Police.