The police commander of Lagos state has apprehended a young man identified as Chima for allegedly setting his pregnant elder sister by name Victoria of age 20 on fire at their residence on May 14 2020.
Chima and Victoria, who was said to be two months pregnant, were on the day of the incident, in the kitchen of the restaurant they operate as a family.
It all began after their mother rebuked and scolded Victoria for leaving their place of abode to live with men. This became a hot argument between both women and in the process, Victoria angrily slapped her mother. This action by his sister actually made Chima very angry at his sister and he allegedly grabbed a keg filled with petrol and hit her sister with it. The petrol however splashed out with most of it touching Victoria, which ignited fire leaving her with severe burns.
Victoria was instantly taken to the nearby hospital on Kemberi road, Okokomaiko but the doctors available there refused her. She was then referred to the Alimosho General Hospital, Igando where she was confirmed dead by the doctors upon arrival.
Chima however attempted fleeing after the incidence seeing the harm caused to his sister but was prevented by the youths in the community who later handed him over to the police for the law to deal with him appropriately.
It was told that their mother also sustained burnt injuries on her legs after she attempted to put out the fire.
Affirming the incident, spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said Chima has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for further investigations to be carried out.