Suspected arsonists set Ata Igala’s Sister, Granddaughter ablaze in Kogi.

Mrs Memunatu Opaluwa Sani 75 years old Ata Igala's Sister burt to death in Kogi

Suspected arsonists set Ata Igala’s Sister, Granddaughter ablaze in Kogi.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

It was tragedy as some yet to be identified arsonists set ablaze and killed a 75 years old Sister of the Ata Igala, His Royal Majesty, Mathew Alaji Opaluwa, identified as Mrs Meimunat Opaluwa Sani alongside her grand daughter in Kogi State.

Reports from Idah, indicate that the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday at her Oketekwe residence in Idah Local Government Area of the State.

Residents of the area reported that the heinous incident also consumed the first daughter of the deceased, Hajarat Usman Sani and a five year old granddaughter identified as Onechojo who also died as a result of the arson.

A family source who begged for anonymity for security reasons stated that some group of people came to the house with petrol, while our grandmother was sleeping alongside her daughter and granddaughter, sprayed the house and set it ablaze.

“The five year old granddaughter died immediately after having severe burns, while the grandmother, Mrs Meimunat Opaluwa Sani alongside her own daughter were rushed to an undisclosed hospital where the old woman later died while her own daughter is still battling for life”, the source disclosed.

The late Meimunat Opaluwa Sani was holding the traditional title of Akwuma Attah Igala since 2023.

Meanwhile, the remains of late Meimunat Opaluwa Sani and the five year old granddaughter have been laid to rest in accordance with Islamic rites.

When contacted, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, said the Police is yet to get any information about the incident, promising to get back to our correspondent as soon as information is made available to the command on the incident.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, has condemned the killing of Mrs Opaluwa Sani and her granddaughter, describing it as tragic.

In a condolence message to the Ata Igala, His Royal Majesty Mathew Alaji Opaluwa, the Minister who hails from the Igala kingdom, said the death of Mrs Opoluwa Sani, a traditional of Akwuna Ata Igala is a great loss to the entire Igala kingdom.

Honourable Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaib Abubakar Audu and paramount ruler of Igala kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Alaji Mathew Opaluwa
Honourable Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaib Abubakar Audu and paramount ruler of Igala kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Alaji Mathew Opaluwa

The condolence message conveyed through the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media Lizy Okoji, urged everyone to remain strong.

” It is with heavy heart that I condole with our father, His Royal Majesty, Mathew Alaji Opaluwa and the Royal family over the death of your sister and her granddaughter, whose lives were taken in the most painful manner”, the Minister stated.

Prince Audu therefore urged security agencies to investigate the alleged arsonists and bring them to book for the heinous crime.

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