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Sola Solomon, a landlord in the Idumota area of Lagos State,  has allegedly poured petrol and set fire to one of his tenants, identified simply as Abeeb, aka Ogbon.

According to report, the victim struggled to put out the flames, the 67-year-old landlord pushed him down from the top floor of the three-storey building.

The father of one was said to have landed with a thud, as the flames ate through his body. Abeeb had barely spent five months in the house located on Iga Idunganran Street, Idumota, when he was killed.

The incident was caused by a disagreement over the use of the compound toilet. A tenant in the house, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the quarrel had been settled in the evening and she had pleaded with both parties to maintain the peace.

She said, “Before the incident of yesterday (Monday), there has been a quarrel in the house over the use of the toilet.
Everybody had complained that the landlord always messed up the toilet after use.
But yesterday, he had another quarrel with the Abeeb over the use of the toilet. During the argument, he threatened to set the man ablaze; the man also dared him.
I called Abeeb and calmed him down; I also called the landlord and appealed to him to let the matter go, and he said he had forgiven Abeeb.”

The landlord, however, was sighted by residents later that evening carrying a jerrycan, saying he was going to buy fuel.
The Ondo State indigene was alleged to have bought the fuel and waited patiently in his room till the victim returned from a football viewing centre where he had gone to watch an European league match between Arsenal and Liverpool football clubs.

It was learnt that around 12am, the landlord went and knocked on the door of the deceased.

Another tenant, who asked not to be named, said the victim’s wife pleaded with him not to go out.
The continuous rap on the door was said to have forced Abeeb out to confront the intruder, only to see the landlord with a container of fuel.

He said, “As he stepped out of the house, the landlord poured the petrol on him. Before Abeeb could snatch the jerrycan from him, the landlord had ignited fire with a lighter in his hand.
Abeeb struggled to put out the fire, but the landlord pushed him down from the third floor. He fell to the ground and died.”

The quick intervention of security guards in the area stopped the fire from escalating. The other tenants in the house were said to have abandoned the building and fled for fear of being killed.
Policemen from the Adeniji Adele Police Division later arrived at the scene to remove Abeeb’s corpse. The police also took the landlord, who sustained burns injuries to the hospital.
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