According to a report by Sun News, a woman in Imo state
set herself, her husband and their home ablaze after finding
out that her husband of 12 years was planning to get rid of
her because she was barren, and bring in another woman
who already had two children for him and pregnant for the
3rd child. Read the full story from Sun below…
They died together – by fire. The house they both shared
as man and wife is also in ruins, burnt to the ground. As
at the time of writing this report, the charred body of the
woman lay morbidly in the midst of the debris.
Approaching the burnt building, certain eerie feeling hits
with a good impact. The man, who was saved from dying
with his wife inside the fire, died on the way to hospital.
“You can say both of them died together,” observed a
shocked, grieving neighbour.
The puzzle now is not just that the couple, Patience and
Monday Chilaekezie died by fire. To the Umuodu
community in Ezinihitte Local Government Area of Imo
State, it is that they can hardly understand why Patience
could have been so incensed and callous to the extent of
setting herself and her husband on fire.
Chidinma, Monday’s younger sister’s accounts of events
leading to the tragic end, indicate that Patience had
carefully planned it all. According to her, Patience had
been grieving that her husband of 12 years had decided to
send her away. It was learnt that the couple had married
for that long without children. As Chidinma said, her
brother had made up his mind to bring in another woman
within the community who was pregnant for him.
It was said that Patience, a petty trader, had lured her
husband into their house, poured petrol on both of them
and then set the house on fire. It was also said that while
they and the house were burning, she held fast onto her
husband to ensure that he did not escape the inferno.
Saturday Sun gathered that neighbours, who noticed the
flame and heard the cry for help, were able to rescue the
man who later died on his way to the hospital. Community
members, who rushed to see Patience’s charred body when
the fire had burnt out, was gripped by fear and horror.
Chidinma further told Saturday Sun that her brother was
able to run out from the inferno alive but died 20 minutes
later on the way as they were rushing him to hospital.
In tears, she recalled that on the day of the incident, being
January 11, 2014, her brother, who was an automobile
technician, had gone to his shop as he did every day. His
wife, popularly known as Madam Oil, had also left the
house for her shop at a local market. However, a few hours
later, she came back to the house. She was said to have
been seen with a keg that, in the instance, could be
containing petrol, with which she later sprinkled round the
According to Chidinma: “She called my brother that there
was an emergency and that he should rush back home. I
was at home then, but in the next building. He was the one
that told me that his wife just called that there is an
emergency. While he was stepping into the house, I heard
him call on his wife that he can perceive the smell of fuel all
over the place. In less than one minute after he went inside
the house, the house started to burn.
“I heard my brother screaming for help. I think by then he
was struggling with his wife. We were able to reach them
and my brother was brought out alive, while his wife was
burnt beyond recognition. Shortly before he died, he told us
that his wife had finally fulfilled her promise. My brother
said that his wife was threatening that she would kill him
and kill herself too.”
On a possible reason she could have done that, Chidinma
said: “They had been married for years without any child.
This has caused a lot of problem between the couple to the
extent that my brother secretly married another wife. The
woman gave birth to two girls and is pregnant now with
the third child. When she finally discovered, she was
devastated because she had severally pleaded with her
husband to allow her adopt a child. The last family meeting
we had, she was told to leave her husband’s house if she
was not ready to accommodate another woman who had
given her husband children. Since that day, she had been
living a secluded life, most especially when the family
made it clear that they would not accept a bastard as a
child in the name of adoption. Nobody knew that she would
get to this point of committing suicide.”
Another eyewitness, who is also a neighbour, claimed that
he saw the deceased sprinkle fuel round the house.
“Initially, I thought it was holy water because she had
turned into a prayer warrior ever since she could not get
pregnant. She was always depressed because her fellow
women in the community jeered at her especially when
they heard that she refused to allow the other woman to
live in their husband’s house. We were all shocked to
realise that she actually planned to kill herself and the
A woman, who later introduced herself as Mama Chima,
claimed that days before the incident, Patience was selling
off her wares at a give-away price. “It was more like an
auction market. When I asked her what was going on, she
said that she was trying to change to another line of
business. She was always crying, and mumbling to herself.”
Also at the scene was the second wife who wept
uncontrollably. “What kind of bad luck is this? Who is
going to take care of my children and me? He promised to
drive the other woman, so that we can have peace in this
house. It is nobody’s fault that God did not give her a
child,” the unfortunate woman lamented.
Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP
Jane Elemoko, confirmed the incident to Saturady Sun.


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