Peter Dada, Akure
The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded Deji Adenuga, who set nine members of his ex-girlfriend’s family ablaze at Igbodigo, in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The 45-year-old suspect was said to have carried out the dastardly act following a disagreement between him and his then girlfriend, Titi Sanumi.
Paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the Police command in Akure, the state capital, the suspect explained that his estranged girlfriend and her sister, identified as Jumoke (now late) had been extorting money from him for a long time.
He explained that he and Titi had been living like a husband and wife since last year, saying the disagreement began when his ex-lover collected money from him to start a business but she squandered it and terminated her four-month pregnancy.
He added that they had taken each other to the Police station for settlement on many occasions.
He narrated, “What actually happened was that she (Titi) aborted the four-month pregnancy that she had for me while we were dating each other.
“We have been having issues in recent times and I have spent much money on her.
“I gave her the sum of N30,000 to do petty trading as she sells sachet water.
“Later, I gave her another sum of N25,000 to keep for me, making it N55,000, but I think she spent the money lavishly because she was staying with me.
“While she was staying with me, her elder sister, Jumoke, used to collect money from me. I later discovered that they were extorting me.
“I went to the Police station to report what she and her elder sister were doing to me, but the Police saw it as a small issue that could be resolved amicably.
“After we left the Police station, they began to abuse me and made jest of me, saying I am a failure and not even a man for dragging them to the Police station.
“In fact, they threatened me. They said they would deal with me and even kill me if I did not desist from reporting them on the street. I now see those words as big threats. So I believe I had to act fast before they carried out their threats.
“That same day, I planned to take the action and I went to the petrol station at night, bought a fuel and stormed their house and poured petrol inside the room while I ran away. My intention was to kill Titi and her sister, I didn’t mean to kill the entire family, ”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Undie Adie described Adenuga as a notorious criminal who was once imprisoned following a murder case.
According to the commissioner, “It is unfortunate to note that the same suspect is notorious for committing heinous crimes, especially murder, as he had earlier killed his former wife, one Abiye, sometime in year 2000, which led to his being remanded in Olokuta Prison.”
“He, however, escaped with other inmates during a jail break in 2013.
“The earlier murder case is also going to be looked into with a view to having him face the full weight of the law,” the CP added.
He said Titi was currently undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state.