A 64-year-old man, Ojo Joseph, has stated why he set his rive step-children ablaze last Saturday.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the incident happened at the Fagun Area of Ondo town in Ondo State.
The suspect allegedly set the victims ablaze while they were sleeping following a disagreement between him and their mother.
Three out of the five children have died while the remaining two are still battling for life at the hospital.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, while parading the suspect, said the man would be charged to court after investigations.
Joseph said he carried out the evil act because the children always beat him up after everytime he and their mother had an altercation.
He said, “On that day (last Friday) at about 7 pm, I had a quarrel with my wife and those children joined my wife to beat me, I was even injured and that is how they do whenever we quarrel. So, after they have all slept, out of anger, I went to get petrol and poured it into their room and put fire.
“Before now, my wife didn’t take care of me again and yet whenever quarrel happened between us, she and her children would all gang up to beat me.”
Joseph also stated that a spell in his family pushed him to carry out the act.
It was reported that Joseph was angered by his wife after she reportedly denied him sex.
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