A jilted engineer allegedly killed his lover, his rival and poisoned himself on Ebijimi Street in the Meiran area of Lagos.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the engineer, identified as Ogundare, opened the
shop for the woman and rented an apartment for her in the Agbado area
of Ogun State.
Around 9am on Sunday, Ogundare, who was said to be a building engineer,
reportedly stormed the shop with a gallon of petrol, poured it on the
woman and his rival, Akinade Omole, aka Currency, and set them ablaze.
The fire was also said to have spread to Ogundare’s hand while fleeing
the scene. It was learnt that Omole and Folarin died in a hospital in
the community on Monday from the burns they suffered.
On hearing of the death of the duo, Ogundare, who had gone into hiding, reportedly poisoned himself.
A resident, who gave his name only as Femi, told PUNCH Metro that
Ogundare had seen the Highlander Jeep that Omole parked at a filling
station a few metres away from the beer parlour and had trailed him.
Femi said, “The engineer bought fuel in a jerrycan and headed for Iya
Corner’s shop. I never thought he had any sinister motive. On getting
there, he met Iya Corner and Currency chatting as Currency ate eba.
poured the fuel on them and set them abalze. The fire caught him in the
hand but he escaped. By the time people assisted Iya Corner and
Currency to put out the fire, they had suffered serious burns.
Currency’s private parts were affected. They died on Monday.”
An eyewitness, Jacob Oyedeji, said he was about going to bed on the day when he heard some people calling for help.
“I rushed out to know what happened only to see Currency and Iya Corner
engulfed in flames. Policemen from the Meiran division came that
evening. It was the following day that they were declared dead.”
Another resident, Yusuf Ajibola, said Ogundare and Iya Corner had been
in a romantic relationship for years until sometime in 2016 when he had
financial challenges and could no longer meet his lover’s needs.
“That was when Iya Corner started dating Currency. The engineer knew
Currency and Iya Corner were in a relationship. He warned the woman to
back out or be ready to forfeit the shop he opened for her, but she
“During the Yuletide, Engineer went to the shop and
disrupted it. Currency and the woman got him arrested and he was
detained by the police. He felt humiliated because he had spent a lot of
money on the woman,” he added.
A shop owner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the incident was
a disgrace to the families of the three parties involved, adding that
Currency was supposed to be installed as a chief in a village where he
hailed from in Oyo State in a few weeks’ time.
He said, “The two men are married with children. The engineer built a
house in the Obadeyi area and three of his children are graduates. I was
surprised that he conducted himself in such a manner. The woman’s first
child has three children and one of them, Wunmi, recently graduated.
She narrowly escaped being consumed by the fire that evening.
learnt yesterday (Tuesday) that the engineer took poison and he died.
However, a friend just told me today that he was still alive but in a
critical condition at a hospital.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, SP Dolapo
Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the police had launched a
manhunt for Ogundare.