He said when they got to a particular bridge, Monica was brought down from the motorcycle and her wrapper was removed and used to blindfold her. Subsequently, they poured fuel on her and set her ablaze.
The PPRO noted when the hoodlums were convinced she had been severely burnt and may not survive, they abandoned her but after some time, Monica regained little strength and rolled into a nearby pond and subsequently struggled her way into an uncompleted building to hide because she was naked until a farmer discovered her.
Monica was later rushed to Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki where she underwent surgery and now convalescing.
Her younger brother, Sunday Nwigbo who was with her at the hospital narrated her ordeal in her husband’s household where she had spent 12 years.
He said the man impregnated his sister when she was in secondary school at Ikwo and continued living with her, adding that Mkpuke had not even paid her bride price but often threatened to kill her whenever the issue was raised and for not delivering a male child.
Nwigbo further revealed that Mkpuke had earlier sent his sister packing in March 2014 declaring that he was fed-up with her and the case was reported to the Family Law Centre of the wife of the governor for intervention.
The PPRO said the suspect had been charged to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, wife of the state governor, Mrs. Josephine Elechi has waded into the matter and has been caring for Monica at the hospital with a resolve to ensure that justice prevails to serve as a deterrent to others like Mkpuke.