A two-year-old child narrowly escaped being burnt to death, Tuesday, after his parents’ apartment in Ijegun area of Lagos was allegedly set ablaze by their landlady, in a bid to forcefully eject them.
Mr. & Mrs. Shakiru, owners of the burnt apartment in which the landlady allegedly set ablaze, property were destroyed in the fire. The incident, which occurred at street, Ijegun, sent residents scampering, as they managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other apartments. Vanguard gathered that trouble started for the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Adeleke Shakiru after their landlord, Mr. Jamiu Azeez ordered him to stop using his power generating set, popularly known as ‘I better pass my neighbor.’ But the couple reportedly ignored the order.
When Vanguard arrived the building, yesterday, Shakiru was sighted explaining what transpired to some curious sympathisers, who thronged the scene. He said: “I rented this room and parlour apartment two years ago and have been using my small power generating set like every other other tenant. The generating set is kept outside the building.
When my landlord asked me to stop using it, I asked why, because I was not the only one using gen set in the building. His wife interrupted and asked what audacity I had to challenge her husband’s authority. That was the genesis of the problem between us and the landlady. “At a point, she pulled off our doors and windows without any cause. The matter was reported at Isheri division, but was later withdrawn after some persons in the area intervened.
“The unexpected happened on Tuesday. I was at work, when my wife called at about 9a.m., to inform me that the landlady had set our apartment ablaze. I quickly rushed home, only to discover that all our property were destroyed in the fire.” His wife took over from him at this point, explaining that she was outside when a neighbour raised the alarm that their landlady had allegedly set the house ablaze.
She said: “A neighbour, who saw her, said she sprayed petrol through our window and immediately struck a match. Before then, she was seen dragging one of my children to the well, threatening to throw him inside. But the move was prevented by a neighbor, who released my son from her grips. “While the apartment was on fire, one of my neighbours rescued my two-year-old son, who was inside,” she said.[Read More…]
Source: Vanguard Nigeria