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Suspected arsonists set ablaze 75-year-old woman, two others in Kogi

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Some yet-to-be-identified arsonists have set ablaze a 75-year-old woman identified as Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa Sani in Kogi State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning at her Oketekwe residence in Idah Local Government Area of the State.

DAILY POST reliably gathered that the tragic incident also affected her first daughter, Hajarat Usman Sani, and a five-year-old granddaughter identified as Onechojo, who also perished in the fire.


According to a family source who preferred not to be named because he was not authorized to speak, “A group of people came to the house with petrol while our grandmother was sleeping alongside her daughter and granddaughter. They poured the petrol on the house and ignited a fire.

“The five-year-old granddaughter, Mama, died immediately after suffering severe burns, while Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa Sani, along with her own daughter, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital. Mallama later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital, while her own daughter is still fighting for her life.”IMG 20240104 WA0012 1

The late Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa Sani was bestowed with the title of Akwuma Attah Igala in 2023.

Meanwhile, the remains of the late Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa Sani and the five-year-old girl have been laid to rest according to Islamic rites.

When contacted, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, stated that the Police are yet to receive any information about the incident. He promised to revert back to our correspondent as soon as information is made available to the command regarding the incident.

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