Son Sets Mother On Fire In Niger State 

Former school principal dies after being set on fire by her drug addict son  - Tribune Online

Richard Ginika Izuora

Tragedy occurred in Niger State when a woman was set on fire by her own son.

The woman a former Principal at the Maryam Babangida Science College, Minna, Niger State, Comfort Jiya, died when her son, Steven Jiya said to be a drug addict, set her on fire.

The incident occurred on Christmas Eve while she was preparing meals for the family at their residence in Minna.

Her was said to have doused her with petrol and set her ablaze.

A relation of the deceased who confirmed this said she “passed on at about 3 pm at the Intensive Care Unit of the Minna General Hospital where she was rushed for medical treatment.”

“Mama Jiya, as she was fondly called by all, died  Friday afternoon at the Minna General Hospital where she was rushed to after her biological son, Stephen Sule Jiya, poured petrol on her and set her on fire,”.

“Prior to the incident, Stephen whom we all know as a drug addict had attempted to harm Mama Jiya on several occasions but was always overpowered by people around.

“But on Friday, being Christmas Eve, he succeeded in killing his mother as there was nobody around to restrain him,” he added.

Another family member who also confirmed the incident said:

“The sad incident happened at the deceased residence in Darussalam Area of Kpakungu community which is on the outskirts of Minna.

“She was in the kitchen preparing food when Stephen set her on fire.

“Stephen had for long, been a drug addict and had on several occasions attempted to harm the mother through various ways but did not succeed until this time.

“His late mother was a former principal at Maryam Babangida Science College, Minna.”

Police have already arrested the killer son and will be charged to court for culpable homicide.

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