One Dr. Isaac Ojukwu has set himself ablaze in a rented hotel apartment in Nyanya, Abuja. The incident which occurred in the early hours of Thursday.
Narrating the ugly incidence to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, the owner of the burnt hotel, an Associate Professor at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Sylvanus M. Itodo (MON); said it still remained a shock, how an adult would just wish to take his own life, without a particular known reason.
“We were all sitting together that fateful night (Wednesday night) before he left to watch football match and I also left the hotel premises by 11pm, to go and sleep. It was around 12am that I recieved a phone call from one of the boys in the hotel, crying, that my hotel was on fire.
Before I could get down here, the flame was everywhere; and it took the efforts of the Federal Fire Service to prevent the inferno from escalating to the surrounding houses,” Itodo lamented.
The deceased, who hailed from Ohuhu, Umuahia, Abia State, had been staying in the apartment, Boundary Plaza Hotel, Nyanya, for the past 5 years.
He was married to a German woman with kids. Tt was, however, revealed that, none of his family members, including the wife or children, had paid him a visit all through his stay in the hotel.
An eyewitness, Ohize Yakubu, said they made frantic efforts to pull the deceased out of the building, but he struggled and ran back into the burning room.
He said: “We forced his door open, we met him standing in the sitting room while fire was burning in the bedroom. He was unhurt, we then held his hands and asked him to follow us.
All of a sudden, he struggled his way from our hands and ran into the burning room. At this point, everyone ran back as the inferno had started escalating and all my belongings got burnt.”