Lagos State Police Command have arrested a self-acclaimed Internet fraudster Victor Orji, for allegedly setting his girlfriend, Mariam Alabi ablaze in the Ojo area of the state.
DD gathered that Orji, who accused his girlfriend of infidelity, poured petrol all over her body and allegedly set her ablaze on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at his place of residence on the Army Post Service Housing Estate, opposite the Lagos State University, Ojo.
In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed that the 19-year-old was apprehended by operatives of Iba Police Station the previous day.
After Orji had perpetrated the crime, residents of the area apprehended him and rushed Alabi to hospital for treatment.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Alabi died on Sunday due to the severe burns she suffered when her lover set her ablaze.
Reacting to the development, Elkana said in a statement that Orji, who had confessed to the crime, said he met Alabi through a hook-up and took her in on the condition that she would quit prostitution but she reneged on the agreement.
He stated that while scrolling through her phone, he saw details of how she spent the night with another man, adding that he became angry and doused her with the petrol he kept for his generator and set her ablaze.
Elkana said, “On Saturday, November 7, 2019, around 11.45 am, operatives of the Iba Police Station arrested one Victor Orji, 19, of G54 Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos, for setting one Mariam Alabi, 24, ablaze. Orji confessed that he used petrol to set the victim ablaze.
Orji, who met the victim, on Thursday, February 28, 2019, through a hook-up, said she moved into his house in March and they had been cohabitating as lovers.
“Orji, who is seeking admission into a tertiary institution, has been into Internet fraud for the past three years and the N600,000 used in renting the apartment they live in is proceeds of Internet fraud. Orji said he brought the victim into his house on the condition that she would quit prostitution and stick to him alone.
“However, trouble started on Thursday when she left home to fix her hair and did not return until the following day.
She equally left the house on Friday on the pretext of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man. Orji got to know this while scrolling through her phone on Saturday.
He saw her chats, video calls and the naked pictures that she sent to the client she spent the night with. So, he became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze.
“A team of detectives visited the scene. Alabi was taken to the Igando General Hospital, where she was admitted but died in the early hours of Sunday, December 8, 2019.
The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba. The suspect will be charged for murder.”