Lagos landlord, Sola Solomon, who allegedly set his tenant ablaze in the Idumota area of the state, has died.
A police told PUNCH on Wednesday [Aug. 26] that the suspect died from the burns injuries he sustained while setting fire to the tenant, Abeeb Daraloye. It was reported on Tuesday that Abeeb and his landlord had a disagreement over the use of the compound toilet. Later in the day, 67-year-old Solomon reportedly poured petrol on Abeeb and ignited a fire with a lighter.
While on fire, the suspect was alleged to have pushed the victim from the top floor of the three-storey building, killing him in the process. Solomon was reportedly rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital for his burns injuries, but was rejected before he was admitted at the Gbagada General Hospital.
A police source said on Wednesday that the suspect died at the hospital. He said, “The landlord is also dead. He died at the hospital in the afternoon. So as it is, the case has been resolved.”
Residents on Iga Idunganran Street, Idumota, where the incident happened equally confirmed the death to PUNCH. “Yes, the man has finally died. He did not survive the injuries. His family members are around. Abeeb’s corpse is also at the Lagos Island General Hospital mortuary, and we don’t know why the police have yet to release it for burial,” a tenant, who asked not to be named, said.
She urged the government to come to the aid of Abeeb’s widow and her child. Abeeb’s widow, Tope, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, appealed for help, saying her husband’s death was a big blow to the family. She explained that her husband was planning to travel overseas, and had promised to take her along with their child when he was killed.