Engineer Sets Lover And Rival Ablaze Then Commits Suicide In LagosA jilted engineer has allegedly killed his estranged lover, his rival and poisoned himself, in the Meiran area of Lagos, the Punch is reporting.
According to the newspaper, the engineer, only identified by his first name, Ogundare, had opened a beer parlour known as Iya Corner for his lover, Oriyomi Folarin, on Ebijimi Street. He was also believed to have rented an apartment for Oriyomi.
All hell was let loose around 9 am on Sunday when Ogundare rushed to the beer parlour with a gallon of petrol, poured it on his lover and rival, Akinade Omole, commonly known as Currency in the area, and set them ablaze.
The couple died shortly after they were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Ogundare, who fled the scene with burns on his hands was said to have gone into hiding on hearing that his victims had died. He later poisoned himself.
A resident, Femi, who narrated the incident to the newspaper said on the day, Ogundare spotted a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to Omole at a nearby filling station, and trailed him to the beer parlour.
Femi said, “The engineer bought fuel in a jerrycan and headed for Iya Corner’s shop. I never thought he had any sinister motive. On getting there, he met Iya Corner and Currency chatting as Currency ate eba.
“He poured the fuel on them and set them ablaze. The fire caught him in the hand but he escaped. By the time people assisted Iya Corner and Currency to put out the fire, they had suffered serious burns. Currency’s private parts were affected. They died on Monday.”
Another resident, Yusuf Ajibola, said Ogundare and Iya Corner had been in an intimate relationship for years until he had financial problems in 2016 and could no longer meet his lover’s needs.
“That was when Iya Corner started dating Currency. The engineer knew Currency and Iya Corner were in a relationship. He warned the woman to back out or be ready to forfeit the shop he opened for her, but she refused.
“During the Yuletide, Engineer went to the shop and disrupted it. Currency and the woman got him arrested and he was detained by the police. He felt humiliated because he had spent a lot of money on the woman,” he added.
A shop owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the incident was a disgrace to the families of the three parties involved; the men were married.
“The two men are married with children. The engineer built a house in the Obadeyi area and three of his children are graduates. I was surprised that he conducted himself in such a manner. The woman’s first child has three children and one of them, Wunmi, recently graduated. She narrowly escaped being consumed by the fire that evening.
“I learnt yesterday (Tuesday) that the engineer took poison and he died. However, a friend just told me today that he was still alive but in a critical condition at a hospital.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the police had launched a manhunt for Ogundare.
He said, “Two victims are dead; the suspect is still alive, but on the run. Effort is on to track him. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba for further investigation.”