An indigene of Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Sunday Okebata has relived the last moment of his wife, Faith, describing her transition as very painful.
Speaking in an interview in Izombe, Okebata disclosed that his wife passed through excruciating pains from burns she sustained from the fire that a soldier ignited on their house during the military invasion of the community on October 8.
Okebata said the soldier had stormed their residence, claiming and insisting that a youth who ran into their house must be produced.
He stated that all explanations and pleadings by his wife and mother that no youth ran into their house and not to harm them could convince the soldier who set their house ablaze before exiting.
According to Okebata, in a bid to save their three children and stroke-stricken mother, Catherine Okebata from the inferno, his wife’s cloth caught fire.
Okebata said the inferno ravaged his wife, burning her face, hands and chest including affecting her liver.
Thirty-six-year-old Faith who hailed from Cross River State and met her husband during their National Youth Service Corps was initially rushed to a nearby private hospital but later moved to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where she died five days after the incident.
Okebata disclosed that the doctor told him only few victims of such fire incident survived it.
He said; “At the hospital, it was discovered that the injuries affected her badly, down to her liver. The doctor told me that though all hope should not be lost but my wife’s condition was terrible.
“The doctor said that only little percentage of patients who had similar case as my wife survived it. We kept hope alive but unfortunately, she died five days later, leaving for me, four children, including our last born, who is just two years old.
“It is painful because my wife died on my laps. She died a painful death. It was very horrible. My mother can identify this heartless solider if she sees him. He never had mercy on my sick and old mother and my children who knew nothing about the incident. Just imagine the psychological trauma these children will go through. Imagine the setback. It is a big blow for a young man like me to lose my wife at this age and stage of my life.”