A woman has been arrested for allegedly setting ablaze another woman suspected to be her husband’s lover.
The incident occurred in Ado – Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.
The woman, identified as Kehinde, a mother of three children, allegedly poured petrol on the victim; identified as 23-year-old Tosin Olugbade and subsequently set her ablaze after a disagreement. She was subsequently arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO); Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the woman was arrested following a report lodged at the Ota Divisional Headquarters of the Nigeria Police by one Fatai Olugbade.
She disclosed that Fatai notified the police that her estranged wife, Tosin; who had earlier in August, 2021, packed to live with Ismail Wasiu; had died in the hospital where she was receiving treatment for the burns sustained when Wasiu’s wife poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.
“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Onipanu Division; CSP Bamidele Job quickly mobilized his men and moved to the scene where the husband of Kehinde; who had asked his wife to run away, was arrested.
“The case was there and then transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for investigation. The CSP Femi Olabode led a homicide team and embarked on an investigation which led to the apprehension of the suspect, Kehinde Abdul Wasiu at Saki area of Oyo state.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime; but claimed that she didn’t know what came over her on that fateful day.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and her husband initially lied to the family of the deceased that it was cooking gas that exploded and burnt the deceased; but when the lie was exposed, the husband quickly asked the wife to run away.’’
Meanwhile, Oyeyemi stated that the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered speedy conclusion of the investigation into the matter; even as the Police PRO reveled that the suspect would be charged to court thereafter.