Thirty-two-year old housewife and a mother of three, Kehinde AbdulWasiu, has been arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for pouring petrol on her husband’s mistress and set her ablaze.
The victim is 23-year-old Tosin Olugbade.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement revealed that the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Onipanu Divisional headquarters, Ota by the husband of the deceased, Fatai Olugbade.
He said Olugbade reported that sometime in August 2021, he accused his wife of having extra marital affair with one Ismail Wasiu, and that to his surprise, the said wife packed out of his house and moved to the house of Ismail Wasiu.
“Fatai further reported that on the 14th of November 2021, he learnt that the wife of Ismail Wasiu had an argument with his wife, and the said Wasiu’s wife poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.
“However the deceased was rushed to the hospital by her family members but later gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
“Upon the report, the DPO Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, quickly mobilized his men and moved to the scene where the husband of Kehinde who had asked his wife to run away was arrested,” he said.
Oyeyemi said the case was then transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
He stated that the CSP Femi Olabode-led homicide team embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation, which led to the apprehension of the suspect Kehinde Abdul Wasiu at Saki area of Oyo state.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, but claimed that she did not know what came over her on that fateful day.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and her husband initially lied to the family of the deceased that it was cooking gas that exploded and burnt the deceased. But when the lie was exposed, the husband quickly asked the wife to flee,” he added.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the speedy conclusion of the investigation into the case with a view to charging the case to court as soon as possible.