Facts emerging from the Thursday fire incident at Mechanic village, Oke-Afa, Isolo area of Lagos State that burnt three sisters( Christiana, Feranmi and Pelumi) to death is that the siblings would have escaped death on that fateful day had their mother granted their wish.
The children were said to have been locked up inside the shop by their mother when she was leaving at about 10p.m, promising the children that she would be back by 11.30p.m.
According to a woman who claimed to have been with the children’s mother at the time, the youngest of the siblings, passionately begged her mother not to lock them inside.
Their mother who usually locked the children in the shop any time she went out, was said to have bought them biscuits and bobo drink, locked them inside the shop and left. However, she did not see them alive again as the 2.30a.m fire burnt them to death. The children’s mangled bodies were reportedly discovered close to the door with the eldest’s hand on the door handle apparently trying to open the door.
Investigation by Vanguard revealed that the woman, who is now on the run, was first married to a man, but divorced him after having four children for him. The estranged husband was said to have taken two of the children, leaving Christiana and Feranmi in their mother’s custody.
Thereafter, she reportedly got hooked to her present husband, who resides in Ejigbo area, whom she had two children for. Her husband was said to have given her two shops which she used one for sales of provisions and salon operation, while the other served as bedroom.
A resident, Mr. Gbadamosi Lawal, said the woman’s husband was devastated when he visited the scene of the incident; he was too shocked to speak to anyone.
It was gathered the entire community is very angry with her and she may even be lynched if she comes around the area.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command seems to be silent on the fire incident alleged to have been triggered by a head-on collision between an LT 27 bus fully loaded with jerry cans filled with petroleum products being chased by a team of policemen, and a 14-seater stationary commercial bus. Report had it that a team of policemen, suspected to be from Ejigbo Division.