Why I set my Son, Wife, 2 grandchildren ablaze – Grandmother tells Police
Policemen in Ondo State have arrested a grandmother, identified as lforiti, for allegedly setting her son, wife and two grandchildren ablaze in Apomu community area of Akure, the state capital.
According to the Vanguard, the aged woman, while confessing to the crime, said she burnt her son’s family out of anger over being denied of food.
It was gathered that the woman carried out the crime in the middle of the night when the whole family had slept off.
The Woman’s Son was not able to survive the fire burnt as he died alongside his Wife and one of their two children, while their last child, who survive the incident, is presently lying in critical condition at the Federal Medical Centre FMC, Owo.
Narrating the sad incident to newsmen, in Akure, an eyewitness, Korede Michael, said “we saw the house on fire around 2:00 am at the weekend and had to break the window to rescue everyone in the house.
“The woman, her son, Victor Oloro; wife, Rachael; and children, Toluwani and Blessing, were all in the house when the woman set it on fire. She got some dry palm fronds and the little petrol her son kept in a gallon (for generator), spread it around the house and then put fire to it.”
“I was the first person to notice the fire and jumped into the house before other members of the community joined me in rescuing them.
“We got a vehicle immediately to transport them to the government hospital in Akure.
“When we got to Akure (UNIMED annex), the doctors and nurses rejected the patients, saying they cannot take care of them due to the degree of the burn and advised that we take them to the Federal Medical Center in Owo.
“Unfortunately, we lost the last grandchild, who was just two and a half years old, immediately we got to Owo.
“The son and his wife, also, gave up the ghost while the only grandchild left is in a critical condition.”
Korede said that the suspect was not in any way affected by the fire.
“The children could not send the woman out of the house when she started behaving strangely because it was built by her late husband”.
As of press time, the state police spokesperson , Funmi Odunlami couldn’t be reached for comments