A 19-year-old girl, Jemila Ibrahim, has been arrested in Lagos for allegedly setting ablaze the home and girlfriend of her ex-lover at the Festac area of the state, leading to the death of the victim.
According to a statement by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos police spokesperson, the incident happened on 18 November at Monkey village, Festac. The suspect reportedly perpetrated the act with the help of her friend, who was also nabbed.
“The Lagos State Police has arrested one Jemila Ibrahim, f, 19-year-old, and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, f, 21-years-old, of Monkey Village, Festac Area, Lagos, for setting ablaze the house of one Mohammed Yusuf, m, of Monkey Village, Lagos State, and his girlfriend, Rabi, f, on 18th November 2020 at 5.30 pm,” the statement partly reads.
According to the statement, Mohammed Yusuf, the ex-lover to Jemila, got a hint and rushed to the house where he met his house on flame with his new girlfriend still in the house.
The police said Yusuf managed to rescue Rabi, his new lover, from the inferno and took her to the hospital, but she died on 21 November.
“Mohammed had alleged his former lover, Jemila Ibrahim, of infidelity before they broke up; he later met and fell in love with his new lover, Rabi, that was caught up in the inferno.
“The duo of Jemila Ibrahim, f, and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, f, of Monkey Village, who accompanied Jemila to commit the heinous crime, has been arrested by the police operatives attached to Satellite Division of the command,” the statement reads.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, who condemned the crime, directed that the matter be transferred to the State CID, Panti, for discreet investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police also vowed to go after those who engage in crimes and social vices in order to get rid of criminals and criminality in Lagos State.”
The police boss, however, encouraged Lagosians to shun the act of taking laws into their hands; noting that jungle justice will only truncate the administration of justice and such could be counterproductive.