In Ebonyi state, first wives demonstrate their anger against their husbands for taking second wives by setting the ‘intruders’ ablaze, and making sure they are burnt to death.
are generally cast in the mold of meek, compassionate and in fact
weaker vessels when it comes to emotional issues and tasks requiring
practical display of energy. But that gentle and fragile mien pales into
insignificance when it comes to defending their territory in matters of love and matrimonial relationships.
Even the Holy Bible warns of the fury of an injured and jealous woman, which is comparable to a tempestuous and destructive storm.
In less than one year, Ebonyi has been hit twice by the tragedy of crime of passion committed by jealous first wives against those they suspected had any love dealing with their husbands. The first wives descended with fury to their suspected husbands’ lovers and the suspects are not alive to tell their stories.
The most recent tragic event occurred two weeks ago at Akpoha community in Afikpo North local government area of the state, when a house wife simply identified as Ogeri allegedly set her husband’s lover ablaze.
fire burnt the co- wife to death. Tragically too, when the alleged
offender was arrested by the police, her one-year-old child died
probably out of shock. Ogeri’s husband, Mr. UroObasi, a commercial motor cycle operator was also arrested.
The victim of the recent Akpoha tragedy, a 22 year-old girl, whose name was given as Miss Felicia hailed from Igbo in Abi local government area of Cross River State. It is not yet clear if she was ever married to Obasi, as the first wife is claiming.
The marriage theory appears to have crashed when family members described it as false, baseless and misleading. Rather, they said that Felicia came to the Apostolic Church Akpoha to seek solutions to her numerous personal and psychological problems
and had on arrival, requested Obasi, a member of the same church, to
assist her secure accommodation, and even provide her with food items.
Newsmen gathered that instead
of getting accommodation for Felicia in a different location in the
town, Obasi asked her to move into his matrimonial home.
Thereafter, he reportedly explained to his mother Mrs. Virginia Oko, and
his wife that Felicia was stranded and he decided to assist her by
bringing her to their matrimonial home.
Apparently, his wife didn’t believe the story. She
was said to have interpreted her husband’s kind gesture towards a
visitor “in dire need of assistance” to mean a veiled arrangement to
take a second wife.
And filled with fury over her husband’s action, Ogeri, according
to an eye witness, emptied two litres of petrol through the back window
of a room occupied by Ogeri at about 11am while she was asleep, and
discreetly set the room ablaze.
the fire started, the cry of the victim attracted neighbours, who broke
the door before she ran out stark naked with fire all over her body.
The neighbours could not save Felicia’s life as she died on the way to
Nwaokpuru a neighbour living close to where the incident happened said: “I was in my room one night when I heard someone shouting Jesus …Jesus…Jesus… I quickly rushed out to see what was happening though before then
the whole place had been covered by smoke … I saw someone, a woman, run
out of the room, still shouting Jesus…Jesus…Jesus…and she happened to
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Police Command, Mr. John UkieEluu, an assistant superintendent of police confirmed the incident to Newsmen.
described the incident as a homicide case, adding that it had been
handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID. “I can’t say precisely whether the suspect has been charged to court or not, but I know it will be handled expeditiously,” he said.