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By: Ade Adeleke
It was a mysterious death of a devastating and traumatic mother who lost her six Children and husband in one scene.
The woman, Mrs. Jumoke Saanumi, whose six children and her husband were set ablaze in Okitipupa, Ondo State by an ex-convict boyfriend of her younger sister, Deji Adenuga, has died, SUNSHINETRUTH can authoritatively report.
She gave up the ghost on Friday June 7th, 2019 after weeks of the huge loss of her entire family members to a wicked boyfriend who had confessed to the crime.
Adenuga had told newsmen when he was paraded by the Police that his girlfriend (Titi) who is the younger sister to Jumoke, jilted him and terminated his pregnancy without his consent.
Adenuga was said to have felt cheated after the girlfriend ditched him and decided to set the house of her sister ablaze with petrol in the night when everybody was already sleeping.
Jumoke managed to escape the inferno at the dead hour of the day night around 2:00am when Adenuga poured and sprinkled petrol in their one-room apartment the family lived in and immediately burnt the six children among them were Adebayo, Mercy, Johnson, Adesewa and Temidayo beyond recognition.
One of her neighbours, who spoke with SUNSHINETRUTH on the condition of anonymity, said “there is no way the woman can live on again, the agony of losing 6 children and husband in one day was too monumental to bear”.
A family member who also confirmed the demise of Jumoke lamented that the woman died of high blood pressure (HBP), which is not unconnected with the shock and bitter experience she suffered recently.
Pix: the deceased children when set ablaze.
Meanwhile the girlfriend, Titi, who was in the room when the incident happened also got burnt.
Titi is still at the critical care unit of the Trauma Centre Hospital, Ondo, where serious treatment is being given to her with the assistance of the Ondo State Government.
The remains of 36-year-old Jumoke will be buried in her hometown at Igbokoda, in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo state at a date yet-to-be announced.
Adenuga, who is detention, is now facing trial.
READ GENESIS OF THE INCIDENT BELOW:
A jilted boyfriend, Deji Adenuga who set a family of nine ablaze at Igbodigo in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State has confessed to the crime, alleging that his estranged girlfriend, Titilayo Shanumi aborted his four months- pregnancy without his consent.
Speaking with newsmen in Yoruba language when he was paraded at the Police State Headquarters in Akure April 30, 2019, the suspected murderer said he decided to set ablaze the family house because his ex-wife ran away with his pregnancy and money totalling fifty-five thousand naira.
A jilted husband, Deji Adenuga who set a family of nine ablaze at Igbodigo in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State has confessed to the crime, alleging that his estranged wife, Titilayo Shanumi aborted his four months- pregnancy without his consent.
Speaking with newsmen in Yoruba language when he was paraded at the Police State Headquarters in Akure, the suspected murderer from Ode-Erinje town in the state, said he decided to set ablaze the family house because his ex-wife ran away with his pregnancy and money totalling fifty-five thousand naira.
The 45year-old Deji Adenuga who however regretted that such number of casualties were lost in the incident, said he only intended burning down only the house to avenge his estranged wife’s actions of aborting his four months pregnancy and collecting his money and later cut off their relationship.
The suspect was arrested few days ago in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state, was convicted in year 2012 for killing his first wife (Abiye) but regained his freedom from Olokuta prison, Akure through a prerogative of mercy.
Paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the Police command in Akure, the state capital, the suspect explained that his estranged girlfriend and her sister, identified as Jumoke (now late) had been extorting money from him for a long time.
He explained that he and Titi had been living like a husband and wife since last year, saying the disagreement began when his ex-lover collected money from him to start a business but she squandered it and terminated her four-month pregnancy.
He added that they had taken each other to the Police station for settlement on many occasions.
He narrated, “What actually happened was that she (Titi) aborted the four-month pregnancy that she had for me while we were dating each other.
“We have been having issues in recent times and I have spent much money on her.
“I gave her the sum of N30,000 to do petty trading as she sells sachet water.
“Later, I gave her another sum of N25,000 to keep for me, making it N55,000, but I think she spent the money lavishly because she was staying with me.
“While she was staying with me, her elder sister, Jumoke, used to collect money from me. I later discovered that they were extorting me. I went to the Police station to report what she and her elder sister were doing to me, but the Police saw it as a small issue that could be resolved amicably”.
“After we left the Police station, they began to abuse me and made jest of me, saying I am a failure and not even a man for dragging them to the Police station.
“In fact, they threatened me. They said they would deal with me and even kill me if I did not desist from reporting them on the street. I now see those words as big threats. So I believe I had to act fast before they carried out their threats”, Adenuga said.
Parading three suspected kidnappers and ATM fraudster, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, said the command would charge the suspects to Court for proper prosecution.
Other suspects include cousins from Nasarawa state Mumini Muhammodu and Seidu Muhammodu for alleged kidnapping in Akoko area and an ATM syndicate who had been allegedly defrauding bank customers.