On Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, a man said to be a resident of Lekki Phase 1, Eyenkorin Area of Ilorin, Kwara State was said to have set his home ablaze with his wife and children in it following a domestic altercation.
According to reports, the man and his wife have been living separately due to irreconcilable differences in the marriage, hence the man asked his wife and four children to pack out of the house.
The wife then refused to adhere to her husband’s warnings, stating the house was a joint venture between her and her husband, hence she would not pack out of the house, and for her disobedience, the man sprayed the building with petrol and set it ablaze.
Hassan Adekunle, the HOD, Media and Publicity of the Kwara State Fire Service said that the intervention of the service prevented the house from completely burning to ashes. She said that the fire service prevented the wildfire from spreading to other buildings in the area.
“What we learnt was that the man and his wife had a misunderstanding about two years ago before he relocated to another of his building, leaving the wife and children behind“, he said.
“All attempts to settle the matter did not yield results and the move to also convince him to allow the wife and children live there since he had another house also failed“, he added.
“According to the report, the man suddenly appeared on Sunday and sprayed the three bedrooms flat with petrol before setting it ablaze with the children inside, that his wife was frustrating him,” he further stated.
However, some of the residents in the neighborhood also assisted in rescuing the occupants of the building from being harmed by the fire.
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