On January 1, a fire incident at a house in the Ibara area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, claimed the lives of a couple known as Kehinde and Bukola Fatinoye.

The deceased were reportedly assassinated in their Abeokuta home immediately after arriving from a New Year crossover service, and their son was kidnapped by the alleged hoodlums who set their home on fire.

The husband, who is rumored to work for the Central Bank of Nigeria, and his wife, Bukola, who was employed by the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, were both completely burned to death on a new year’s day, with their remains later being removed from the scene by police officers and health officials who had arrived on the scene.

According to a close family member, arsonists are alleged to have set the fire after following the couple home from church. The suspects kidnapped their son and housemaid, the source added.

The couple was still grieving the loss of their second son in July 2022, according to a sympathizer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, when they were assassinated on New Year’s day.

“Fatinoye family as a whole has been totally wiped out. The first son was also taken away; dead or alive, we don’t know. They were just recovering from the loss of their second son in July 2022.”

The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

He said:

“It is true that a couple were killed and set ablaze at their residence in Abeokuta, shortly after they returned from a crossover service.

One person has been arrested by our operatives in connection to the incident. We will get to the root of the matter, as investigation has since begun.”