A man identified as Deji Adenuga has set a family of nine in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state, ablaze over a disagreement with his girlfriend.
Adenuga, who is now at large, had a disagreement with his girlfriend identified as Titi Sanumi, which caused her to end the relationship.
At 2:35 am on Tuesday, Adenuga, reportedly an ex-convict brought a jerrycan filled with fuel to the house located at Adetuwo Street near a popular hotel in Ayeka/Igbodigo on Igbokoda Road, Okitipupa.
He broke a window, entered the house, splashed petrol on the family while they were asleep, then set them ablaze — not knowing that Titi had left town immediately after the disagreement.
Two family members were said to have died on the spot, and the remaining died at the Trauma Centre, Ondo.
According to sources close to both the ex-convict and Titi, they had dated for four years, before things went sour between them, and Deji was pained that he has seriously invested in her.
According to Femi Adeusi, a close friend to the couple said: “What really happened was that both of them had been having disagreements in recent times and the guy always told us how he had invested in the lady.
“But things became bad when Titi told his boyfriend that she could not cope with the relationship again due to daily disagreements. They had to drag themselves to the police station for settlement. Also, we tried to make them come back and play mature but it’s like there is a secret between them that is dark to us because not even Deji was willing to make peace.
“It was like a film trick when we were told that he went to set the family’s house of Titi on fire and people who were sleeping in the building died in the inferno and few of them could only escape.
“We gathered that he decided to set the house on fire to punish Titi and not even knowing that the lady had travelled outside town the previous day after their big fight. It is sad he killed innocent persons in the family house while he himself has run away from home after perpetrating the evil act. Police have visited the scene and promised to investigate it.”
The sad case was confirmed by Femi Joseph, spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, saying: “One Victor Alade came to report the case to the Police… that seven of his family members were set ablaze in their sleep.
“He told us he suspected one Deji Adenuga but that he ran away from town after perpetrating the evil act. An investigation has already commenced. Our officers visited the scene and evacuated the corpses. So, I can assure you that our officers are already on the trail of the suspect, and in no distant time we shall apprehend him.”