A five years old girl identified as Nifemi was burnt to death in Powerline, Alagbado area of Lagos State when a makeshift house was allegedly set ablaze by a 45 years old man.
Nifemi’s two siblings and their mother were badly burnt.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, confirmed this on Wednesday when he visited the scene and spoke with journalists.
He said the mother – Anitan – and two children – Ayo and Esther – were already receiving treatment in an hospital.
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He also disclosed that the suspect had been arrested.
His words: “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.”