A 50 year old man, Ogundeji Ojo, has committed suicide when he set his fathers house ablaze, in Odojomu area, Ondo town, in Ondo state and died in the inferno. It was a suicide.
It was gathered that the victim said that he was fed up with life and that his mates usually made jest of him that at his age he was yet to make it in life.
Ojo, was said to have locked himself in a room in the house and set it on fire.
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Neighbors were said to have rushed him to the hospital. He did not make it. He died.
The entire building was reportedly razed down before the arrival of the men of the State Fire Service.
Speaking with newsmen, an eyewitness, Mrs Sabaina Ogundeji said that the victim had earlier that same day, set fire under the staircase of the house but was put off by some neighbors.
“In the evening, everybody was outside, when Ogundeji 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 bring him out. But he later died in the hospital.”
Another neighbor said that “ When we rescued Ogundeji, he was not yet dead. He told us that he set the house on fire because some people were making jest of him because of his problem.
The state police image maker, Funmi Odunlami, could not be reached for comment, but police officers at Enu-Owa division, said that a man in Odojomu came to report the incident. They added that his remains have been deposited at the morgue in the state hospital, in Ondo town.