The Ekiti state police command on Monday paraded a woman, Bukola Ogidiolu, who allegedly poured petrol on her husband, Abimbola, and set him ablaze destroying his private parts in the process.
36-year-old Bukola claimed that she had a disagreement with her husband over his alleged nonchalant attitude to her failure to conceive since their marriage over three years ago.
She denied setting her husband on fire for refusing to take her out on Valentine’s Day which happened to be her birthday.
Bukola said she did not know how the attack happened.
The incident happened at the couple’s residence in the Idolofin area of Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti.
Bukola in an interview with Tribune said: "I don’t know how it happened. We had a quarrel and he left me and went home. I went to meet him at home and by the time I got home, he had destroyed everything in our room. There were people around who were telling him to calm down. The petrol was in our room, placed on top of the electricity generating set. Later I recall that he went outside the room and I heard the fire alarm. I could have prevented the fire from burning him that much but he was dragging me to himself but I freed myself from his grip and ran out. We later took him to the hospital and I was arrested the day after by the police. It happened at about and I was arrested the day after. Our quarrel has always been about our not having a child together. It has nothing to do with valentine outing because I’m not a baby that would be asking to be taken out. We’ve been married since 2012 and I’ve been taking drugs so that I could have a child for him. He smokes but I didn’t see him light a cigarette on that night. But from the reports I heard from those who saw him at the hospital, they said he was holding a lighter. He was standing behind me, towards the passage and he was there when he raised the fire alarm.” she said
Neighbours in their compound, however, gave a different account of what happened. According to one of them who pleaded anonymity, he Mr Ogidiolu had arrived at their home in the Idolofin area of Ado Ekiti at about on that fateful day to meet his wife who was angry over his inability to take her out for the Valentine celebration. Neighbours claimed they heard the couple exchange words before tragedy struck.
"At about , the husband suddenly ran out from their apartment, calling for help saying his wife had set him on fire. We had to rush out to rescue him by quickly getting water and pouring it on him. But for the prompt intervention of some of us, he would have been burnt to death"a neighbor said.
Speaking on the incident, Mr Ogidiolu's mother, Mrs Folake Ogidiolu, said when she arrived at the hospital, the last thing her son told her before he passed out was that his wife was angry that he did not take her out on Valentine's day. According to her, “this caused a serious misunderstanding which made his wife threaten to set him ablaze. My son said he dared his wife, saying she couldn’t do that and suddenly she poured petrol on him and also threw the fire at him.” she said
Mr Ogidiolu, who has burns all over his body with his manhood badly burnt, is presently receiving treatment at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, where doctors are battling to save his life.
Bukola, Ogidiolu's wife, is currently still being held by the Ekiti state police command where investigations into the matter are ongoing and she will soon be charged to court.
It will be recalled that a 54-year-old woman simply identified as Fatima had been accused of rendering her husband, Asimiyu Olayinka, impotent.