A 17-year-old girl identified simply as Aisha living in Albarkawa area in Gusau metropolis in Zamfara State on Sunday reportedly set her self ablaze due to her lover inability to marry her because of his poor finances.
It was gathered that Aisha decided to end her life when she learnt that her fiance who dated her for quite a long time has no money to pay for dowry in preparation for her wedding.
He said her lover, called Umar, was asked by her parents to present himself to her family for the marital engagement but the young man told her parents that he was not buoyant enough to pay the N17,000 as dowry demanded by the father of the girl.
On learning of the situation, it was gathered, Aisha bought some quantity of fuel, drenched herself with it and struck a match stick and within a second she was in flames.
Even before setting her self ablaze, her younger sister was said to have tried hard to stop her by flinging the matchbox from her hand as any time she attempted to strike the matches the younger sister would stop her until when she became tired of stopping and went away.
The girl then ran outside the house screaming for help until some good Samaritans arrived and put out the raging flames.
The girl’s father said he had no money to take her to the hospital as he could only boast of N750 at the time the incident happened, he said
It was also learnt that Aisha who was severely burnt is being treated with orthodox and other traditional medicines at home.
The spokesman of the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, said he was yet to receive information on the matter when contacted for comment.