A 75-year-old elder sister of the Attah Igala, Mathew Opaluwa and two others have reportedly been burnt to death by some arsonists.
It was reported that the woman, called Meimunat Sani, was burnt to death with her granddaughter, Hajarat, on Thursday in her residence in Oketekwe in the Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State.
A family source who preferred not to be mentioned said some arsonists invaded the home of the late Meimunat with petrol and razed it while she and her daughter, and granddaughter were sleeping.
“They poured the petrol on the house and set it on fire. The five-year-old granddaughter, Mama, died immediately after suffering severe burns, while Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa Sani, along with her daughter, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
“Mallama later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital while her daughter was still battling for her life.”
However, William Aya, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident on Friday.
He added: “Someone came to the station and reported that there was a fire outbreak in one of the rooms in the house in their family compound or so. So, when they rushed to the place, they found three people.
“A five-year-old girl was burnt to death while two elderly persons were rushed to the hospital. One died yesterday (Thursday), and the information I got today (Friday) is that the third person died today. We have commenced an investigation into the matter.”
Shuaib Audu, the Minister of Steel Development, in a condolence message issued through Lizzy Okonji, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, called the incident tragic and sacrilegious.
“The Minister has extended his heartfelt condolences to the paramount ruler of Igala kingdom, Matthew Opaluwa, over the death of his sister, Mallama Meimunat Opaluwa-Sani, and her granddaughter.”
“I also commiserate with the entire people of the Igala kingdom at this time because this is a loss to every one of us. I call on security agencies to investigate the alleged arson and bring the perpetrators of this act to book so that it would serve as a deterrent to others.
“Such acts of sacrilege must be discouraged in our land,” the statement reads.