A 46-year-old man identified as Hassan Azeez has been arrested by the Ogun state Police Command, for allegedly setting his wife ablaze.
According to a statement issued by SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson for the state police command, the suspect was apprehended after the victim’s father reported to Ibogun divisional headquarters that on October 22, 2022, his daughter, Olayinka Hassan, was set ablaze by her husband over a minor disagreement and that the victim, a mother of one, was rushed to a hospital in Ibadan.
“Upon the report, the DPO Ibogun division, CSP Samuel Oladele quickly mobilized his men and moved to the scene. But before getting there, the suspect had escaped. Since then, the police operatives have been on his trail until 22nd of January when he was eventually apprehended.
On interrogation, the suspect who claimed to have ran away to Benin Republic confessed to the commission of the crime but blamed it on the devil.
According to him, he asked the victim to prepare food for him but instead of the victim to prepare his food, she was busy washing clothes. He stated further that he got annoyed because he was hungry and the annoyance made him to pour petrol on her and set her on fire. When asked whose clothes the woman was washing, he confessed that it was his clothes.”
The suspect has been sent to the state Criminal Investigation Department’s Homicide Section for additional investigation and probable prosecution.