TRAGEDY: 16 YEAR GRANDSON SETS ABLAZE 66 YEAR GRANDMA
A sixteen year old boy has allegedly set ablaze his grand mother at Amudo village, Awka Anambra State.
The incident, which occurred at about four o’clock Saturday morning, took the residents of the area by surprise.
When Radio Nigeria visited the scene of the fire incident, neighbors were seen discussing the issue in groups and wondering what must have lured the boy into an act they described as tragic.
One of the women, who did not want her name mentioned, said the grandson of the deceased allegedly tied the woman with rope, pour kerosene and set her on fire.
She narrated that the other two children who also lived with the woman explained that their brother threatened to throw them inside the fire if they shouted or raised alarm.
The suspect, who is a senior secondary school one student, is said to be living with his aged grand mother who was a lawyer alongside with his siblings.
The eye witness explained that the father of the children and son of the deceased later arrived at the scene and took the corpse away to the mortuary after the police had visited the scene.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Anambra state, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, said the victim, Mrs. Veronica Okwuogu, who was sixty six years old, was trapped in a fire outbreak and sustained various degrees of burns.
The PPRO further stated that the woman was rushed to Regina Ceili Hospital where she was certified dead by a doctor on duty.
Mr. Mohammed said the cause of the incident was yet to be ascertained as investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the fire incident.