Woman flees after setting parents ablaze – Police

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A woman, identified as Aileremolen Izokpu, has fled after setting her aged parents, Michael and Priscilla, ablaze at their residence in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.

52-year-old Aileremolen was said to have been at home with her 85-year-old father and 80-year-old mother when she perpetrated the crime, by allegedly drugging her parents with sleeping pills before setting the house on fire.

The Nigerian News gathered that she, however, fled after perpetrating the crime as residents, who noticed the house burning, stormed the building, rescued the victims, and rushed them to a hospital for treatment.

Her parents reportedly sustained injuries, but her father was later confirmed dead.

The incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, adding that efforts are being intensified to arrest the suspect.

Hundeyin said, “One person reported at the station that on November 20, 2022, around 3pm, he received a phone call from his younger sister, Osemudiame Izokpu, that his elder sister, Aileremolen Izokpu, aged 52, allegedly drugged their parents, 85-year-old Michael Izokpu, and 80-year-old Priscilla Izokpu, with sleeping pills after which she set them ablaze while they were asleep.”

“The victims were rescued to a nearby hospital with severe burns for treatment where their father later died and mother was still unconscious. Based on the report, the scene was visited by detectives who also visited the hospital and the injured victim and corpse were inspected.”

“The corpse was deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for an autopsy. Meanwhile, efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect.”