A 50-year-old man, Ojo Ogundeji, has reportedly set himself ablaze inside his father’s house in Ondo town, Ondo State.
It was gathered that the man deliberately locked himself in a room inside the house located in the Odojomu Oloruntedo area of the town before he committed the act.
The reason the man killed himself was yet to be known as of the time of filing this report, but a source said it might be a case of depression on the part of the deceased.
The source said the deceased came from Lagos to celebrate Christmas and New Year with his family but later committed the act.
The source said, “He (the victim) was rescued by neighbours on the street and rushed to the hospital but he later gave up the ghost.”
His father’s house where he committed the act was also razed before the men of the state Fire Service arrived at the scene.
Narrating the incident, a member of the deceased family Sabaina Ogundeji said Ojo set fire under the staircase of the house in the morning of the fateful day and said nobody should put it off. But the people on the street 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, locked himself 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 deceased had been deposited at the morgue in the state hospital Ondo.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, could not confirm the incident as she said she had not been briefed.
“I have not been briefed, I will call the division, and I will get back to you,” she said.