A son of Chief Nimibofa Ayawei, former Bayelsa State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, namely Mr. Mientei Ayawei and his girlfriend, identified only as Happiness, have been burnt to death in an apartment fire.
The incident occurred on Saturday at the NIIT area of Tombia, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The cause of the fire could not be ascertained, but a man close to Ayawei, who is presently the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, said the fire was caused by a high electricity voltage.
The man, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorised to speak on the incident, said the high voltage caused the fire around 4am on the day.
He said the fire, which razed nearly all the rooms and valuables in the one-storeyed building, adjacent to Dannielo Pulo, a filling station owned by the former commissioner, started from the apartment where Mientei and his girlfriend were.
The man, who claimed to be a sibling of the victim (Mientei), said when the fire started, the duo of Mientei and Happiness were sleeping.
He said the deceased became aware of the fire after the room they were had been enveloped by smoke.
He said on the day, there were two other persons who were in another room in the house, adding that they managed to escape death by a whisker.
He said Mientei, 25, just completed his degree programme in Human Resources Management from a university in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Another source, who described himself simply as a pastor, said Mientei was from the Southern Ijaw area of the state while his girlfriend, Happiness, hailed from the Ogbia LGA.
He said the fire destroyed all the valuables in the house as many rooms were razed.
It was learnt that firefighters arrived at the scene after some hours.
The presence of the firefighters, was, however, said to have saved other buildings in the neighbourhood, including the filling station, from being consumed.
He said the firefighters did their best to put out the fire, noting that their efforts were commendable.