Azeez Hassan, a 46-year-old Ogun State resident, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for setting his wife ablaze on October 22, 2022.
In a statement issued by Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesman for the police in the state, on Friday, Hassan confessed to committing the act after Olayinka, his wife, failed to cook for him as she was washing his clothes.
He immediately fled to Benin Republic after the act, and had been on the run since.
The statement read, “A 46-year old man, Hassan Azeez, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command, for pouring petrol on his wife and setting her ablaze.
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“The suspect was arrested following a report lodge at Ibokun police station by the victim’s father, who reported on 22nd of October 2022, that her daughter, Olayinka Hassan, was set ablaze by her husband over a minor disagreement, and that the victim, a mother of one, has been rushed to a 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 had been on his trail until 22nd of January when he was eventually apprehended.
“On interrogation, the suspect, who claimed to have run 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.
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“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.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and possible prosecution.”
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