Tragedy struck in Makurdi, Benue state when a man about 40-year of age set himself and his girlfriend ablaze inside a house.

It was gathered that the man whose identity was unknown as at the time of filing this report, bought fuel, locked his girlfriend inside the room before setting both of them ablaze.

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The man died on the spot as a result of the inferno, while the girl friend, also got burnt beyond recognition.

The incident occurred on the end of Inikpi Street, high-level area in Makurdi on Saturday evening at about 6:30 pm.

When The Nation visited, officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were seen evacuation the corpse of the young man and that of his girlfriend to the hospital.

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Fire fighters fought hard to put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to other nearby houses.

Neighbours told The Nation that the young man had a wife and children somewhere but he was always complaining that “his wife is threatening his life even though they are not living together.”

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Others said it was a case of mental health.