Son Sets Father’s House Ablaze


Property worth millions of naira were yesterday razed when an angry son, Moshood Omolaso, set his father’s house ablaze.

The house is located at 28, Baale Street, Ojodu, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Moshood, who is now at large, was said to have set the house, occupied by more than 10 tenants, ablaze at about 6 p.m. yesterday.

Before the arrival of the Lagos State fire service men at the scene, the entire main building as well as the boys quarters had burnt down.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the incident, which came as a huge shock to many people, occurred after what was described as a minor misunderstanding between Moshood and his stepmother.

“It was after the quarrel that his father went to meet him outside. He thought the man was taking sides so he threatened to set the house, which is his father’s only asset, ablaze. Nobody took him seriously until he went to get petrol and set the house on fire from his stepmother’s room,” a tenant in the house told P.M NEWS, adding that Moshood had always been threatening to set his father’s house ablaze.

P.M.NEWS gathered that when the incident occurred, most of the tenants were not around, so they could not salvage their properties from the house.

When our reporter visited the scene of the incident this morning, sympathisers were there consoling the victims, while some of them were seen counting their losses.

One of the tenants who is an old pensioner survived by whiskers. He was sleeping when the fire gutted his room.

Moshood, who attended Omole Grammar School, Ojodu, took to his heels immediately he set the house ablaze.

He is the first child of his father. His mother had separated from his father.

His father, Mr. Omolaso, was speaking incoherently when our reporter made efforts to interview him this morning.

He said: “I didn’t want to kill him (Moshood) before, but now I will kill him…”

—Bayo Adetu