A woman, Nnaemaka Nwosu, on Sunday, allegedly set a policewoman and her two children ablaze in the Nnokwa community, in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
gathered that the suspect, who hailed from the Amawbia community, after being divorced by her husband, became homeless and was in dire need of accommodation when the policewoman offered her accommodation in her apartment.
A source in the area said Nwosu was living with the policewoman and her family members until an argument that degenerated into a fight ensued between her and the policewoman.
The source said during the fight, Nwosu reached for a pestle and allegedly struck the policewoman’s head with it and she fell and lost consciousness.
The source said, “Afterwards, the suspect tied the policewoman and her children together with rope, and set them ablaze right inside the room. The policewoman and her children were burnt alive together with the building.
“Local vigilance members and some of the villagers, who were attracted by the fire, captured her (Nwosu) as she was trying to escape the vicinity.”
The suspect, who initially claimed that it was a gas cylinder that exploded when the woman and her children were boiling hot water, later confessed to the crime and explained how she carried out the heinous act.
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation for prosecution.
He said the corpses of the policewoman and her children had been deposited at the mortuary.
Ikenga said, “Preliminary information revealed that the policewoman accommodated the suspect while she was searching for a house. The two women had a disagreement which resulted in a fight before the suspect hit the policewoman’s head with a pestle.
“While she became unconscious, she tied her with her two children and set them ablaze. The corpses of the victims have been recovered and deposited in the morgue. Further development shall be communicated.”