An 80-year-old man identified as Louis Onwumere, has reportedly burnt himself to death in Ezinihitte, Mbaise Council Area of Enugu State.
The aged man was said to have poured petrol on his family house before striking a match which burnt him to death.
This has since raised confusion in the area as people who considered the incident as an abomination, but they could not ascertain the reasons behind the old man’s action.
Also, they could not pin-point anybody with whom he had any quarrel or fight to warrant such a bizarre action.
It was gathered that the grandpa, described by one villager as a “strange man” retired many years ago as a staff of the School of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt in Rivers State where he had worked with a Standard Six certificate as his highest qualification.
A source said in order to prevent a possible mass arrest by the police, some members of the Umualika village had sworn a court affidavit insisting that the deceased who reportedly lived alone in the house, had no trouble with anyone adding that “we are not suspecting anybody and we don’t want trouble.”
The source disclosed that they had submitted the affidavit to the police at Ezinihitte Police Division in Ezinihitte Mbaise Council Area of the state.
On Thursday when the incident happened, the octogenarian, whose wife still resides in Port Harcourt, had waited patiently for the rain to stop before allegedly executing his plot.
Another resident said, “It rained from morning till about past 11am on that day. When the sun began to shine in the afternoon, say at about 1pm the inferno began and raged on till at about 6pm before the walls of the building began to fall down.”
It was also learnt that the entire 3 bedroom and a sitting-room bungalow – the rooftop, the walls and everything belonging to the immediate younger brother of deceased, were burnt at the same time, suggesting that he might have spread petrol or kerosene on the house, our source had said.
The source further explained that it was when the inferno died down, that the burnt corpse of the deceased was seen in one of the rooms “apparently suggesting that the old man must have been moving about naked in the room when the raging fire became unbearable to him.”