The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old man, Stephen Jiya for the murder of his mother, Comfort Jiya.


Stephen who is allegedly a drug addict Jiya set his mum ablaze who was in the kitchen after pouring petrol on her and lighting her up.

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement on Thursday, January 6, 2022, said the suspect confessed to the crime claiming that his mother usually intruded into his marital affairs.

“The suspect was arrested at Darusalam, Minna for the offence of culpable homicide of his mother; one Mrs Comfort Jiya aged 61yrs (deceased) ‘f’ of Darusalam, Minna.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and claimed that on 19/12/2021, he had misunderstanding with his wife at his home in Suleja which attracted intervention of neighbours and the issue was laid to rest while he left to work. On his return from work, he discovered that his wife had left home to Minna without his consent.

“He confessed further that he left Suleja to Minna on 20/12/2021 with a plastic bottle of premium motor spirit (pms) and went to the family house where he met his mother cooking in the kitchen,

“The suspect sprayed the deceased with the pms in his possession and set her abl^ze because she usually intrudes into his marital affairs, thereby suspected her for his wife’s disappearance from home.

“The outcry of the deceased and the flame attracted neighbours who rushed her to General hospital Minna and she was later referred to another medical facility where she later gave up the ghost. Suspect has been arraigned in court for prosecution.”