Woman who set husband on fire defend herself

A woman who allegedly set her husband on fire on Valentine day in Ekiti state, defends herself saying she didn't know how the fire started.

The 36-year-old woman, Mrs Bukola Olusegun Ogidiolu, in an interview with Tribune explained how it all happened.

"I don't know how it happened. We had a quarrel and he left me and went home. I went to meet him at home and by the time I got home, he had destroyed everything in our room. There were people around who were telling him to calm down.

"The petrol was in our room, placed on top of the electricity generating set. Later I recall that he went outside the room and I heard the fire alarm. I could have prevented the fire from burning him that much but he was dragging me to himself but I freed myself from his grip and ran out.

"We later took him to the hospital and I was arrested the day after by the police. It happened at about 11:30 pm on Wednesday and I was arrested the day after.

"Our quarrel has always been about our not having a child together. It has nothing to do with valentine outing because I'm not a baby that would be asking to be taken out. We've been married since 2012 and I've been taking drugs so that I could have a child for him.

"He smokes but I didn't see him light a cigarette on that night. But from the reports I heard from those who saw him at the hospital, they said he was holding a lighter. He was standing behind me, towards the passage and he was there when he raised the fire alarm."

A member of the hospital medical personnel nursing him said "it seems that his penis was the main target of the attack, with the worker who didn't want to be named saying "the primary target of Abimbola's assailant might be his penis as the organ had been badly burnt."

The victim's mother, Mrs. Folake Olusegun, said all her son could say before he passed out at the hospital was that his wife was angry that he did not take her out for the celebration of the Valentine. According to her, "this caused a serious misunderstanding which made his wife threaten to set him ablaze.

"My son said he dared his wife, saying she couldn't do that and suddenly she poured petrol on him and also threw the fire at him."

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Albert Adeyemi, also confirmed the incident and assured that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation on the matter is concluded.

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