In Ondo State, a 75-year-old woman who goes by the name Iforiti Oloro has reportedly set her son, daughter-law, and grandchildren on fire.
According to Peoples Gazette, the unfortunate tragedy occurred during the weekend in Aponmu, a suburb of Akure, Ondo’s capital city.
Information has it that the old woman who is living in the same compound with her son, Victor Oloro, reportedly awoke in the middle of the night and set fire to the house while the family was sleeping.
On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Bayo Adegboyega, a resident of the community, who certified the ugly incident to the Gazette, narrated that the neighbours noticed the family’s house was on fire.
In his words, he narrated;
“We noticed that the building was on fire around 2:00 a.m., and all the family members were at home. I had to join neighbours close to the building in putting off the fire by breaking the windows to gain entry.”
“Sadly, by the time we entered, the man (Victor Oloro), his wife (Racheal), and two children ( Toluwani and Blessing) had been affected by the fire.”
He further stated that the burnt family members were turned down by the state hospital in Akure owing to the severity of their injuries from the fire.
Mr. Adegboyega added,
“So, we rushed them to the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, but unfortunately, we lost the last born on arrival while on Sunday night, the man and his wife died. Only the firstborn is alive but in a critical condition.”
Mr. Adegboyega, while narrating the incident as “strange and terrifying” said the neighbours later heard that the grandmother allegedly set the building ablaze.
“It was yesterday (Monday) that we got to know that the old woman got some dry palm fronds and the little petrol her son kept in a gallon, spread it around the house, and set the house on fire. While confessing, the woman said she set the house on fire because her son and his wife were allegedly starving her of food,” He said.
Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the spokesperson of the command who verified the incident on Tuesday morning, stated that the divisional police officer in the neighborhood was still awaiting information about the incident.
In his words, the PPRO added,
“I’m still awaiting full details of the incident from the DPO in charge of the area. So, I would advise you to give me more time to gather the facts.”
Meanwhile, information has it that the old woman had tried to commit suicide by jumping into a well located at the house’s entrance but was saved by community members.
The deceased’s friends and family have taken to social media to mourn the couple and their child.
See their posts below:
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