It was a sad love story when a middle-aged man identified as Baby Face strangled his lover and set himself ablaze at the Kom Kom area of Oyigbo in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
It was gathered that Baby Face had invited her lover over to his house in Kom Kom, a densely populated area in Oyigbo, on the outskirts of Port Harcourt at the weekend when the incident occurred.
A source in the area said the man had interrogated his girlfriend and demanded explanation over an alleged affair she was having with another man, a situation that led to a heated argument between the love birds.
According to the eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity, the explanation given by the girl was not satisfactory, hence Baby Face descended on her, battered the girl and reportedly strangled her in the process.
Taunted by his actions, he tried to conceal the act by setting fire to the building, but was trapped in the inferno and also gave up the ghost.
He further said the man realising what he had done, set fire to the apartment and was burnt to death, alongside the remains of the girl, whose identity had yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.