A five year old girl, identified as Nifemi, was burnt to death, while her mother and two siblings suffered severe burns when their house was allegedly set ablaze by a 45-year-old man.
The incident was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr. Imohimin Edgal, to newsmen in Lagos, he said the victims were sleeping at their Powerline Area residence in Alagbado, Lagos, when the incident happened.
According to him, one of the children, Nifemi, aged five years, died as a result of the burns she suffered, while the woman and her two other children suffered various degrees of burns.
“They are currently receiving treatment at Gbagada General Hospital. This is the dwelling place for a woman and three of her children.
“They were sleeping and suddenly, there was fire outbreak. They sustained severe burns before they were rushed to the hospital.
“Fortunately, the Divisional Police Officer and his team that came to their rescue did a painstaking search.
“They were able to recover a phone which was traced to Shola Adewunmi, who previously had serious altercation with the woman.
“Evidence we have so far is that the man purposely set fire on the house with intent to burn both the woman and her children alive.
“He has been arrested and I have ordered that he be taken to the state CID for further investigation,” he said.
Edgal added that the suspect would be properly investigated and charged to court, assuring the public that the outcome of the investigation would be revealed.