Ikotun area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria - Jean Odegba, 29, was set ablaze by her husband, Adesanmoye Kehinde, who felt jilted and thus expressed his displeasure by this evil act.
He allegedly poured petrol on her and struck a match to set her on fire. Jean was rescued, but she suffered severe burns and is now in critical condition at a hospital.
According to the victim, Jean, she didn’t enjoy any benefit of being the wife of this man, and even her dowry hasn’t been paid for by Kehinde.
She therefore decided to quit the four-year marriage for another man who was ready to marry her. But Kehinde insisted that she must not leave her and threatened to deal with her if she left.
According to the victim, he threatened to deal with her, but she did not know he planned to set her ablaze. On the day of the incident she was going to see a friend and unknown to her Kehinde was trailing her.
On getting to the Ikotun roundabout, he poured some petrol on her, lit a match and set her ablaze. She was rushed to a hospital where she has been on admission.
Kehinde, who was later arrested and is now in prison custody, hails from Ondo State Southwest, Nigeria while his estranged wife is from Edo State, Southsouth Nigeria.
The suspect was charged to Ejgbo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on a two-count charge under section 243 and 244 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, ASP Nicholas Atunmonye, objected to his bail.
Atunmonye told the court that he was callous to have set the woman ablaze. He added that if he was allowed to go, it will send wrong signal to the society and the victim was still lying critically ill at a hospital.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos pending the outcome of the medical report.
The matter was adjourned to a later date this month.