According to Punch , Joshua set Gbemisola, 43, Dolapo,11, and his 7-year-old son, Samson on fire after a disagreement between him and his wife.
Gbemisola’s 16-year-old son who was fortunate to have escaped the attack said his stepfather, Joshua wanted his mother to sell their three-bedroom apartment, but she refused.
It was the scream of my mother that woke me up. Dolapo and Samson were also set ablaze. I wanted to put out the fire when my stepfather poured petrol on me as well. Before he returned with matches, I managed to escape and reported at the Ifo Police Station.
He was working with a factory but was sacked some months ago. He then told my mother to sell the house so that he could use the money to start a business. But my mother said she would never sell the house she struggled to build. We moved into the house in January. The following month, he and Samson started living with us. It was a woman at our former residence in Iyana Ipaja (Lagos State) that bore Samson for him. He used to beat mum while we were in Iyana Ipaja.
The victims were admitted o Aron Hospital, a private facility in the area.
The Medical Director of the hospital Dr. Kayode Ayoola, said that Dolapo died 10 minutes after she got to the hospital, while Gbemisola gave up the ghost the following day (Friday).
“The boy’s (Samson, who has burns in the head, hands and legs) condition is relatively okay but nobody is ready to take care of him,” Ayoola said.
The Ogun State Police Command’s acting spokesperson, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the report,.