Ondo police parade suspected arsonist over death of wife, family

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Ondo State Police Command has arrested a 45-year-old man, Deji Adenuga, alleged to have burnt his wife and eight of her family to death in Okitipupa.

The suspect was paraded before reporters by Police Commissioner Mr. Undie Adie at the command’s headquarters in Akure yesterday.

Adenuga confessed to the crime, saying he burnt the house where the parents of his wife lived and killed eight persons.

The Nation learnt that the suspect was one of the ex-convicts who escaped from Olokuta Prison, Akure, after a jailbreak in 2013.

Adenuga said in 2003 he killed his first wife after she allegedly went away with a sum of N450,000 belonging to him.

On why he burned the family of his wife to death, Adenuga said his wife aborted his four-month pregnancy and took away some of his belongings to her parents’ house.

The arrested arsonist hails from Erinje in Okitipupa Local Government.

He said he is ready to face the consequences of his action.

Said he: “I have no regret killing them because when they did their own, nobody punished them.

“I set their house ablaze when it became clear that my wife had moved to her parents’ house with some of my belongings. We had a little disagreement at home and she moved out.

“I was the one paying their rent. I was also responsible for their day-to-day living. I am a palm wine tapper and I

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