The operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 46-year-old man, Azeez Hassan, for allegedly setting his wife, Olayinka Hassan, ablaze.
It was gathered that the man poured petrol on his wife and set her ablaze for allegedly refusing to prepare his food.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital on Friday.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested on Sunday, January 22 in Ibogun, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Ibogun divisional headquarters by the victim’s father, who reported on October 22, 2022, that her daughter, Olayinka Hassan, was set ablaze by her husband over a minor disagreement, and that the victim, a mother of one, has been rushed to an hospital in Ibadan.
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“Upon the report, the DPO Ibogun division, CSP Samuel Oladele quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene, but before getting there, the suspect has 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 (suspect) 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 police spokesperson disclosed.
He added that the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspect be transferred to Homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.
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