A resident of Lekki Phase 1, Eyenkorin Area of Ilorin, Kwara State, has reportedly set his house on fire over an argument with his wife.
The incident which occurred on Sunday was confirmed by the HOD, Media and Publicity of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, who said a resident identified simply as Mr Kola called the service over the incident.
In a telephone interview with Daily Trust, Adekunle explained that the man who left his wife and children two years ago in a three bed room home owned by him moved to another house.
However, the man suddenly appeared on Sunday and sprayed the three bedrooms apartment with petrol, set it on fire, while his estranged wife and children were still inside.
According to Adekule: “What we learnt was that the man can’t remember his name now, and his wife had misunderstanding about two years ago before he relocated to another of his building, leaving the wife and children behind.
“All attempts to settle the matter did not yield results and the move to also convince him to allow the wife and children live there since he had another house also failed.
“According to the report, the man suddenly appeared on Sunday and sprayed the three bedrooms flat with petrol before setting it ablaze with the children inside that his wife was frustrating him.”
He said it took the intervention of the resident who reported the incident and others for the occupants to be rescued.