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Tragedy struck in Ondo. Town ,Ondo state when a 50-year-old man, Ojo Ogundeji, has reportedly set himself ablaze inside his father’s house in the state .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the man deliberately locked himself in a room and set himself ablaze in the house located at the Odojomu Oloruntedo area of the town.
A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity blamed the act on depression.
According to the source,the resident said the man came from Lagos to celebrate Christmas and New Year with his family and later committed the act.
The resident added, “The man was rescued by neighbours on the street and rushed to the hospital where he later gave up the ghost.”
His father’s house where he committed the act was burning before the men of the state Fire Service arrived at the scene.
Narrating the incident, a member of the victim’s family, Mrs Sabaina Ogundeji, said the victim set fire under the staircase of the house in the morning on that day and said nobody should put it off. She added it was people in the area that put out the fire.
She said, “In the evening, everybody was outside playing. So, Ojo went in and brought out his clothes and set them on fire. He later went inside and locked himself up in the room and set it on fire. It was his voice we heard when he was shouting. People ran there to force the door open and brought him out. But he later died in the hospital.”
It was gathered that the remains of the victim had been deposited at the morgue in the state hospital Ondo.
Contacted, the state police spokesperson, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, could not confirm the incident. She said she had not been briefed.
She stated, “I have not been briefed. I will call the division. I will get back to you.’’
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