Thursday, 8 August 2013
LANDLORD SETS SIX YOUTHS ON FIRE FOR SMOKING HEMP
The victims (between ages 18 and 20) are; Adesanya, 20, Sulaiman Adebesin, 20, Saburi Seteolu 18, Raheem Bello 19, Azeez Alabi 20, and Kola Sodeinde 19.
Facts gathered indicate that the victims were allegedly set ablaze by Adebesin at 7pm on Wednesday because they were gambling and smoking Indian hemp on his premises.
A witness, who pleaded anonymity, said Adebesin, a commercial bus driver, had just returned from an outing when he saw the six youths in his compound.
“Their activities made the driver engage them in an argument. As the talks became heated, Adebesin reached for a can of petrol which he emptied on them.
“The victims attempted to flee when it dawned on them that the liquid poured on them was petrol.
“But they caught fire from a stick of the Indian hemp being smoked by one of them. They suffered high degree burns due to the incident.” He said,
Adebesin, who is currently being detained at Oke-Itoku Police Station, was said to have turned himself in to the police immediately after the incident
It was further gathered that other youths in the area, on learning of the development, stormed Adebesin’s compound, and vandalised his apartment and injured his wife who is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Abeokuta.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said that investigations had already commenced into the matter.