Ekiti Cleric in Custody for setting wife’s house ablaze

In a shocking incident that has gripped the community of Isua Ijesa in Ekiti State, an Islamic cleric named Ahmed Ojo is under police investigation for allegedly setting his wife’s house on fire. The act of arson reportedly occurred after a disagreement over a late-night prayer.

According to the wife, Bosede Afolabi, the dispute arose when Ojo insisted on conducting a prayer at 11 pm, which she declined due to exhaustion from a long day at work. Her refusal is said to have angered Ojo, leading to a heated argument. To avoid further conflict, Afolabi sought refuge at a neighbor’s house, only to be alerted later that night to the blaze consuming her home.

Neighbors and Afolabi rushed to the scene, but the fire had already taken hold, leaving the building in ruins. Ojo was subsequently apprehended and handed over to the authorities.

Afolabi, who had remarried Ojo after the passing of her first husband, expressed that there had been no significant prior disputes between them. However, she attributed the night’s events to Ojo’s intoxication, a condition he occasionally returned home in.

The incident has left Afolabi devastated, grappling with the loss of her home and belongings. She has appealed to the public for assistance as she navigates this challenging time.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident and Ojo’s arrest, stating that an investigation is currently underway at the state’s Criminal Investigation Department.

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