A 65-year-old woman has been burnt to death at Bariga area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, as cultists set a bungalow ablaze during gang war.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the bungalow located at 19, Oshinfolarin Street, Bariga was set ablaze by some hoodlums suspected to be cult members
The arsonists were said to be on a reprisal attack at about 9:00am on Saturday.
General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Michael Akindele confirmed the incident.
He said the agency’s Emergency Response Team, ERT, along with the Lagos State Fire service, Lagos Ambulance Services, LASAMBU; State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU and the Nigeria police from Bariga divisional police station, responded to the distress call.
He said information revealed that the cultist had been terrorising the area since Friday before attacking the affected building this morning, trapping the occupants inside and setting the building on fire.
“A 65-year-old woman known as Adejoke Adefuye was burnt beyond recognition in one of the rooms. She was the only mortality recorded and has been taken to morgue by SEHMU. Other occupants of the building sustained minor injuries that have been treated by LASAMBUS.
“However, the whole occupants of the building have been displaced and might need urgent temporary shelter. The inferno was finally put out at 11:55am,” he said.
The LASEMA boss said that proper investigation would be carried out by security operatives on the incident, advising Lagosians to assist the police with necessary information.