Tragedy struck at Ibogun area in Ogun State where a 46-year old man, Hassan Azeez reportedly bath his wife, Olayinka Hassan with petrol and set her ablaze over a minor disagreement.
The suspect who claimed that the victim was busy washing cloths instead of preparing a meal for him, fled after committing the crime before he was arrested by the police operatives.
The Command’s spokesman, SP. Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement on Friday said, the suspect was nabbed by men of Ogun state Police Command in connection with the crime in October 2022.
He revealed that the victim, a mother of one, was taken to a hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital for urgent medical attention after the burnt.
The suspect who escaped after the incident, was arrested following a report lodged at Ibogun divisional headquarters by the victim’s father, who reported on 22nd of October 2022, that her daughter, Olayinka Hassan was set ablaze by her husband over a minor disagreement.
The victim, a mother of one, has been rushed to an hospital in Ibadan where she is recuperating.
The statement said, “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 has escaped.
The statement also explained that, “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”, the police spokesman said.
According to him, “he (suspect) asked the victim to prepare food for him, but instead of the victim to prepare his food, she was busy washing clothes.
He (Azeez) also confessed to police that he got annoyed because he was hungry and the annoyance made him to pour petrol on her and set her on fire”, Oyeyemi said.
When asked whose clothes the woman was washing, he confessed that it was his clothes.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspect be transferred to Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and prosecution.
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