The Ota division of the Nigeria Police command in Ogun State has arrested Joseph Olaleye, a-65-year-old landlord, for allegedly setting a-three-year-old son of his tenant Abdulahi Razaq ablaze.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement said the suspect who lived in Olowosatide, OwodeIjako Ota in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of the state committed the crime on Monday, August 31 at around 1 pm.
According to Adejobi, the incident occurred when the suspect threw an ignited kerosene stove at the boy, who is the son to Olalekan Razak, one of the tenants of the suspect, which caused severe injuries on the victim before he was rushed to a hospital in Otta where he was confirmed dead.
“The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Abdulmajid Ali, who described the incident as unfortunate, has directed that the suspect be charged to court after investigation without any delay.
“The Police boss has, however, sympathised with the family of the late young boy and assured them, as well as the good people of Ogun State, of justice in the matter,” he said.
By Dike Onwuamaeze