An 18-year-old man, identified simply as Sunday, is currently in the police custody for allegedly killing his parents’ landlady, identified only as Mama Moses, her daughter and three grandchildren in Abuja.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspect, who lived with his parents in the landlady’s residence at Tudun-Fulani, in the Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory, reported himself to the police after committing the crime.
Sunday locked the deceased in their apartment after they had slept in the night, sprayed the house with petrol and set it ablaze afterwards.
It was said that Sunday watched as the fire raged on and when he was sure that the victims were trapped, he headed for the Bwari Police Division.
Prior to the incident, which happened on Thursday, April 14, Punch learnt that there was a disagreement between the suspect and the landlady’s family members, and he reportedly threatened to deal with them.
It was also learnt that there was a relationship between the landlady’s daughter and Sunday, which broke recently.
The inferno reportedly lasted for hours before residents were able to put it out.
Charred remains of the five victims were eventually removed from the razed apartment and deposited in a morgue by the police. Sunday’s mother had fled from the community.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Abuja, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the incident, adding that Sunday would be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.