Azeez Hassan, a 46-year-old man, allegedly lit his wife, Olayinka Hassan, on fire in Ogun because she refused to prepare meals for him.
Following a report made by the wife’s father to the Ibogun divisional police headquarters, the husband was detained by the police in Ogun State.
The victim, a mother of one, was taken to a hospital in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, according to the father, who reported the incident to the police on October 22, 2022.
The DPO of the Ibogun division, CSP Samuel Oladele, dispatched his men to the area after receiving the information, but the suspect had already fled, according to a statement made by the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Friday.
However, he was eventually apprehended on January 22, 2023.
“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,” Oyeyemi said.
While narrating what led to the incident, Oyeyemi quoted the man as saying that, “he asked the victim to prepare food for him, but instead of the victim to prepare his food, she was busy washing clothes.”
Azeez, according to the police spokesman, said he became hangry “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 Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has transferred the case to the Homicide Section of the state CIID for further investigation and possible prosecution.