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Man Arrested For Allegedly Setting Wife, Son Ablaze


Ibadan – A man, who had been on the run after allegedly setting his wife and son ablaze in their one-room apartment at Agugu area of Ibadan, has been arrested.

DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, the Oyo State police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The suspect, who was said to have committed the offence on Dec. 27, 2013 at about 4.00 a.m., was arrested on Friday at Ita-Baale area of Ibadan at about 11.30 a.m.

Clet-Ilobanafor said that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect killed the duo after accusing his wife of engaging in extra-marital affairs.

“Although investigations are still not conclusive, preliminary findings showed that the couple had a history of domestic violence.

“We learnt from neighbours that the woman called him an ex-convict during a dispute and before he stormed out of the house, he swore that she would not see 2014.

“The fire started in the room and surprisingly, the door to the room was locked with a padlock from outside.

“This suggests that the woman and her child were locked in from outside,” she said.

NAN reports that the police gave the names of the victims as Felicia and Gbolahan.

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