Woman who allegedly set hubby on fire defends self - Says ‘I don’t know how the fire started’

Assistant Editor, Sam Nwaoko, reports the bizarre Valentine day’s clash between a man and his wife over the fabled ‘lovers’ day’.
Perhaps, Mr. Abimbola Olusegun Ogidiolu, didn’t think he would end up in hospital fighting for his dear life, hours after the celebration of Valentine and hours after he had returned home after a hard day’s job in the Ekiti State capital where he operates as a commercial driver. He had been badly burnt by a fire she was made to face by his wife allegedly over a disagreement on Valentine date.

The man might have also been oblivious of the celebration because his neighbours described him as “not the type.” According to some of them, “this is a man who was out all day at work and he has never been the ‘guyish’ type that is known with frolicking on a day like that.”

But his wife, they claimed was on the opposite side of the divide when it comes to socials. The claim among some of the neighbours was that Mrs. Bukola Olusegun Ogidiolu “could possess the tendency to go all the way.” But while the neighbours of the Olusegun’s debated among themselves, the man is still in a bad state, receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

Now, the 36-year-old Mrs. Ogidiolu, is currently cooling her feet in a police cell at the Ekiti police command headquarters, following her arrest for the crime of setting her husband on fire. She was alleged to have doused her husband with petrol and set ablaze during a usual disagreement they had on Valentine, allegedly over the celebration of the day.

Mr. Olusegun was said to have arrived at their home in Idolofin area of Ado Ekiti at about 6pm on the fateful February 14 to meet his angry wife. She had reportedly warmed up for a face-off with her hubby, allegedly for his inability to take her out for the fun of the 2015 lovers’ day. Neighbours had claimed they heard the couple exchange angry words before tragedy struck.

“At about midnight, the husband suddenly ran out from their apartment, crying agonizingly for help. He was on fire and had 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,” an anonymous resident of their compound had reported.

The neighbour added that he was then 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 came and arrested his wife the day after,” the neighbour stated.

Olusegun is still in a critical condition at the hospital and the man, who hailed from Ondo State, is now out of his come and had been said to have wished to go to his Akoko community, where he felt relatives could be of help to his mother who has been the only one footing his hospital bills.

But Bukola Ogidiolu defended herself, and denied that she did it. Her story hardly added up, but from the contention of the police and all the others, the law court would see to that. She denied that she doused him with petrol and also denied setting him on fore. She, however, admitted that they had a quarrel that night and that they (she and her husband) had always been having fights “because of a child.”

This is her story while she was paraded by the police in Ado Ekiti on Monday for allegedly committing the crime:

“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 joystick 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 joystick 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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