Hassan Azeez, a middle aged man, has fled after allegedly setting his wife Olayinka, 33, ablaze for delaying his breakfast.
The incident happened on Friday, November 18, 2022, when the couple were having misunderstandings, in Ibogun Olaogun.
The victim, mother of one, was accused by her husband of delaying his breakfast in the early hours of the day at their residence.
However, a resident of the area explained that the victim had said to her husband that she would serve him his breakfast after she was through with her early morning chores.
Getting frustrated, Azeez reportedly engaged his wife in a heated argument during which he allegedly poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.
The incident, therefore caused distress in the community as Azeez allegedly warned residents against any attempt to intervene in the matter.
“A male passer-by, who was touched by the woman’s plight, had one of his legs burnt while he was trying to save the woman,” a source said.
However, the victim was rescued by some residents who engaged her husband, forcing him to take her to a hospital for medical care.
But, It was learnt that Azeez instead hired a nurse to take care of Olayinka at home, as her condition keeps deteriorating which promoted residents to contact Olayinka’s father, Pa Akintade, who lives in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Olayinka has since been moved to a hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State, where doctors are battling to save her life.
Azeez however, fled after learning that the matter was reported to Ibogun Police Division.
Pa Akintade explained that specialist doctors who examined his daughter said a sum of N1.5 million was needed for urgent surgery to restore her to good health and shape as her hands had become contorted from the fire.
He said: “Azeez did not request for my daughter’s hand in marriage and he is not ready to do anything according to Yoruba marriage tradition.
“Some specialist doctors who came to examine my daughter at the hospital where she is being treated said we would have to provide a sum of N1.5 million to carry out a surgery on her body because her hands and other parts of her body have been severely burnt and contorted.”