A 46-year-old man identified as Hassan Azeez has been arrested by men of the Ogun state Police Command, for allegedly pouring petrol on his wife and setting her ablaze.
A statement released by SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, says the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Ibogun divisional headquarters by the victim's father, that on October 22, 2022, his daughter, Olayinka Hassan was set ablaze by her husband over a minor disagreement, and that the victim, a mother of one, had been rushed to an hospital in Ibadan.
"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 had 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 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'', Oyeyemi said.
The suspect has been transferred to the Homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.