Sam Nwaoko-Ado Ekiti
A 30-year-old woman, Mrs Bukola Olusegun, is now cooling her feet in a police cell at the Ekiti police command headquarters, following her arrest for setting her husband on fire.
Abimbola Olusegun, her 32-year-old husband, it was gathered, was doused with petrol and set ablaze by Bukola during a disagreement they had on Valentine’s Day, allegedly over the celebration of the day.
Mr Olusegun, said to be a commercial driver, had arrived at their home in Idolofin area of Ado Ekiti at about 6pm on February 14 to meet his angry wife, who was said to have warmed up for a face-off with her hubby, allegedly for failing to take her out for the fun of the lovers’ day.
According to a neighbour, “at about midnight, the husband suddenly ran out from their apartment and cried for help. He cried that his wife had set him ablaze. He was burning and was battling with the fire.
“We had to rush out to rescue him by quickly getting water and pouring it on him. But for the prompt intervention of some of us, he would have been burnt to death.”
The neighbour said he was taken to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), where he is still receiving treatment.
“We also reported the incident to the Ado Central Divisional police station from where policemen promptly came to arrest his wife,” the neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, stated.
Olusegun is still in a critical condition at the hospital, with almost all his entire body affected by the fire as he was bandaged all over and a nurse at the hospital said “it seems that his penis was the main target of the attack.”
The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Albert Adeyemi, also confirmed the incident.