A 43-year-old man has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for setting his ex-lover’s apartment on fire.
The suspect, Yusuf Hassan, was apprehended on April 4, following a report by the landlady of the building, Adejoke Salau.
According to the report, Salau heard a noise from one of the apartments in her compound at about 1:15 am and when she came out, she discovered that the building was on fire while the tenants in the house were trapped inside.
Although other residents quickly intervened and rescued three tenants, the house was burnt down completely.
Upon interrogation, one of the tenants, Busayo Falola, informed the police that she saw her ex-lover Yusuf Hassan at the back of her window at about 12:30 am of the fateful day.
She further explained that she was scared to see him at that ungodly hour which made her scream and run out of her room to the room of another tenant.
This made other tenants come out in order to check what Yusuf was up to, only for them to discover flames coming out of Busayo’s room.
Upon investigation, the police launched a search for Yusuf Hassan and he was apprehended.
When interrogated, he initially denied knowing anything about the incident, but when the police visited his house to confirm his alibi, he confessed to being the person that set the house ablaze.
He further stated that he intended to burn his ex-lover in her apartment because he had tried his possible best to reconcile with her but to no avail.
He said he bought N500 petrol, poured it into her room through the window, and set it on fire.
The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Abimbola Oyeye, confirmed the incident and stated that the state Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and possible prosecution.
This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the need for peaceful resolution of conflicts in relationships.
It is important for individuals to seek help from appropriate quarters when dealing with difficult situations in their relationships rather than resorting to violent acts that can result in the loss of lives and property.