A 64 -year-old man, Joseph Ojo, who set his five stepchildren ablaze has revealed the actual reason behind his actions.
According to the suspect, he carried out the action because the victims joined their mother to allegedly beat him during a misunderstanding.
Ojo had set ablaze the children at his residence in Fagun crescent area of Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State last Saturday November 5.
One of the children was burnt to death in the inferno while two others passed away at the hospital.
Speaking during his parade at the State Police headquarters in Akure earlier today, Wednesday, November 9, the suspect claimed his wife instigated her five children against him after giving her N600 to prepare food for him and the family.
Ojo alleged that his wife usually starved him of food, even when he provided money for her to cook for him and the family.
He, however, said the woman failed to prepare food for him and this led to a misunderstanding between him and the wife while the children allegedly took turns attacking him.
Ojo said he was not happy with the development and had to look for fuel in his sawer machine, which he poured in the children’s room before setting them ablaze.