Gunmen in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, on Saturday, Oct. 29, invaded Gayari community of the state and set a married couple ablaze while they were asleep in their matrimonial room at about 3 a.m. WAT.
The arson engulfed Masa’uda Sani, aged 25 and her 35-year-old husband, Surajo Mu’azu, a farmer.
The victims are presently admitted at Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Gayari village.
“None of us in our home could know how armed marauders gatecrashed into the house. My wife and I retired to bed around 9:00 p.m yesternight as we always do; So also my two children,” said Surajo, the victim.
“Only to realise that fuel in large quantities was being sprayed and poured into our room with the subsequent set up of the matches for fire. The whole room promptly erupted into fire, eating up our bodies,” he recounted.
“Look at all my legs, left hand and my stomach engulfed by the fire. This is even smaller when compared to what happened to my wife.”
Masa’uda, Surajo’s wife was completely consumed by the fire from her neck to her toes. Her outer skin layer is also pealed.
Mal. Bala Mu’azu, a relative of the victims told HumAngle “we all noticed sudden fire outburst razing Surajo’s room with screaming voices roaring all over. So we rushed and rescued them, despite the absence of fire service vehicles in our town.”
“Those who set the fire on our brother must be an armed group. Because they are known to do all sorts of these disastrous acts in neighbouring communities. In fact, they made a similar attempt at our neighbour’s house using the same method of setting petroleum and matches but could not succeed,” Bala recounted.
Alhaji Lauwali Maidamma, in charge of the PHC Centre, who admitted the severely burnt spouses in Gayari village told HumAngle, “we gave them quick first aid treatment but to be candid with you and fair to them, we cannot manage their situation here at Primary Healthcare level. Because their situation is worsening, most particularly the burnt female patient.”
“And the major issue is the cost of their medical bill and the burden of the capacity of the Centre to address their health condition in terms of equipment. Although, we can try if there is a medical response to cater for the victims,” the officer in charge of the PHC lamented.
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