A 40-year-old jealous lover, Etifa Obukulubu, has reportedly set ablaze the home of his girlfriend over suspicion of cheating.
The incident occurred on Saturday in Igbogene area of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the Bayelsa State capital.
A pastor working with New Baptist Church and a female assistant were reportedly burnt to death in the fire.
While some residents claimed the burnt house was owned by the targeted girl’s family, others claimed it was rented by the deceased Pastor.
THE TRUTH EXPRESS gathered that the incident which occurred at about 3am on Saturday resulted in pandemonium as attempt to rescue occupants of the building failed.
Our correspondent also learnt that the exit door out of the house was jammed from outside when the targeted girlfriend simply identified as Wilberforce reportedly vacated her home for the deceased pastor and his assistant who came from outside the state on an evangelical mission.
Residents of Igbogene Community told THE TRUTH EXPRESS that the suspect, who is a commercial driver, had waited for his girlfriend to come home, “but maybe on sighting her with a man and another girl, he got angry and set the home ablaze.
“He waited for them to enter the house. And use fuel to set fire round the house. But he did not know that his girlfriend had left to go and sleep with another friend.
Another resident, who described the suspect as a loner, said the incident shocked everyone in the area, “these lovers were staying three houses apart and no one suspected they were dating.”
“It is unfortunate that the pastor and his assistant died in the fire. I was told the pastor was invited to preach in Yenagoa and the estranged girlfriend offered her home for them to sleep so for them to leave early”.
Contacted on the development, the Spokesman to the Bayelsa Police Command confirmed the incident and said investigation is ongoing.