The Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police Force said it has arrested one Chima for allegedly burning his elder sister to death.
The deceased whose name was given simply as Victoria, was allegedly set ablaze by his brother at their residence around the CAC bus stop in the Okokomaiko area of Ojo in the state.
It was gathered that the siblings were assisting their mother, in the kitchen, when trouble started between the victim and her younger brother.
The mother had cautioned Victoria against cohabitating with men since she had a home, The DAILY VENDOR learnt. But an argument ensued between them and Victoria allegedly disrespected her in the process.
Angered by what Victoria did to their mother, Chima reportedly grabbed a keg filled with petrol, and hit his sister with it and the content spilled on her and their mother.
This caused an unexpected explosion and both were burnt in the process.
It was gathered that on seeing what had happened, neighbours rushed the victims to a nearby hospital in Okokomaiko, from where Victoria, who sustained severe burns, was referred to the General Hospital in Igando. Victoria however died due to the severity of the burns, but the mother survived.
The DAILY VENDOR gathered that after Chima realised the implication of what he had done, he attempted to flee from the scene of the incident, but was apprehended by youths in the community, who already rushed on seeing smoke and hearing the distress call of the victims.
Chima was handed over to the police by neighbours after extinguishing the fire.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said Chima was arrested, adding that during interrogation, he confessed to setting his sister ablaze for disrespecting their mother.
The PPRO said, “According to the suspect, he set his elder sister ablaze, because she disrespected their mother. The mother was cooking when the brother threw a keg of petrol at the sister and an explosion occurred. The mother also suffered burns, but she is fine, while the sister could not make it.
“The brother has been arrested and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discrete investigation. He will soon be charged. Investigation is ongoing.”