The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded Deji Adenuga, who set nine members of his ex – girlfriend ’ s family ablaze at Igbodigo , in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State .
The 45- year – old suspect was said to have carried out the dastardly act following a disagreement between him and his then girlfriend , Titi Sanumi.
Paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the Police command in Akure , the state capital , the suspect explained that his estranged girlfriend and her sister, identified as Jumoke (now late ) had been extorting money from him for a long time .
He explained that he and Titi had been living like a husband and wife since last year , saying the disagreement began when his ex – lover collected money from him to start a business but she squandered it and terminated her four – month pregnancy .
He added that they had taken each other to the Police station for settlement on many occasions.
He narrated , “What actually happened was that she (Titi ) aborted the four – month pregnancy that she had for me while we were dating each other .
“ We have been having issues in recent times and I have spent much money on her .
“ I gave her the sum of N 30, 000 to do petty trading as she sells sachet water.
“ Later, I gave her another sum of N 25, 000 to keep for me , making it N 55, 000 , but I think she spent the money lavishly because she was staying with me .
“ While she was staying with me , her elder sister, Jumoke , used to collect money from me .
I later discovered that they were extorting me .
“I went to the Police station to report what she and her elder sister were doing to me , but the Police saw it as a small issue that could be resolved amicably .
“ After we left the Police station , they began to abuse me and made jest of me , saying I am a failure and not even a man for dragging them to the Police station .
“ In fact , they threatened me . They said they would deal with me and even kill me if I did not desist from reporting them on the street.
I now see those words as big threats. So I believe I had to act fast before they carried out their threats.
“ That same day, I planned to take the action and I went to the petrol station at night , bought a fuel and stormed their house and poured petrol inside the room while I ran away .
My intention was to kill Titi and her sister, I didn’ t mean to kill the entire family , ”
The state Commissioner of Police , Mr . Undie Adie described Adenuga as a notorious criminal who was once imprisoned following a murder case .
According to the commissioner , “ It is unfortunate to note that the same suspect is notorious for committing heinous crimes, especially murder, as he had earlier killed his former wife , one Abiye , sometime in year 2000 , which led to his being remanded in Olokuta Prison. ”
“ He, however, escaped with other inmates during a jail break in 2013 .
“ The earlier murder case is also going to be looked into with a view to having him face the full weight of the law , ” the CP added .
He said Titi was currently undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state .