A middle-aged man has been arrested by the police in Ondo for allegedly setting ablaze five of his stepchildren, according to Peoples Gazette.
Ojo Joseph, 54, reportedly perpetrated the dastardly act following a misunderstanding with his wife.
The sad incident reportedly occurred at the Fagun area of Ondo town.
The Gazette reports that the accused allegedly poured patrol into the room occupying the children and set them on fire while asleep.
“One of them was burnt to death but the woman (wife) escaped with four other children with minor injuries,” the source said in a phone chat.
The remaining four victims are reportedly currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo.
Funmi Odunlami, the spokesperson for the Ondo police command, confirmed the incident via a phone chat to newsmen when contacted.
Ms Odunlami said that the man is currently in custody for alleged “arson and murder.”
“But an investigation is still ongoing on the case and thereafter we would charge the suspect to court,” she added.