Sad story of how a Man, wife, three children died in Kebbi fire

Calamity befell Koko town in the Koko
Local Government Area of Kebbi State after a couple, Kehinde and Kehinde
Sarafa, were burnt to death in a fire that gutted their apartment.

The couple’s three children, Abdullahi
(male, four years old); Alimat (female, three years old) and Moriam
(female, one year old), were also reportedly burnt beyond recognition.

PUNCH Metro gathered from
friends and family members of the victims that Kehinde, aka Lasisi, had
been living with his family in Sokoto State, where he worked as a
digital photo printer.
He was said to have moved to Koko, Kebbi State, after securing appointment with a top-flight company.
Our correspondent learnt that after
about four months of shuttling from Sokoto where his family was, and
Kebbi, the place of his new job, he decided to relocate his wife and
children to his two-bedroomed flat in Koko.
The 38-year-old reportedly turned on his generator on Monday and went to sleep with his family.
However, around 1.30am  on Tuesday when
the electricity distribution company restored power, there was said to
have been an explosion in the meter, which resulted in the fire.
Lasisi’s elder brother, Tajudeen Abdulsalam, said residents couldn’t save the victims due to the intensity of the inferno.
He said, “He was formerly based in
Sokoto before he got a job in Koko. On Sunday, he went to pick his
family members in Sokoto to live with him. He had been living alone in
Koko until then. They had just spent one day together in the house when
the incident happened.
“He was probably trying to make them
comfortable by turning on the generator in the evening. I think he had
not been using the generator before then, and because of that, he did
not detect that the generator and regular electricity wires were not
appropriately separated.
“By the time power was restored, he was
asleep, but the generator was still running. So, there might have been a
jam between the generator and the regular power, which resulted in the
fire. By the time they woke up, the flames had blocked their exit route.
They cried for help, but people could not gain access to the place.
“Their neighbours tried to force the
door open and even removed the windows, but it was all in vain, until
the time they stopped calling for help.”
He described the late Lasisi as “simple, kind, generous and obedient.”
Abdulsalam said the victims were buried
in the town in accordance with Islamic rites, adding that the family
could not identify the corpses because they were burnt beyond
PUNCH Metro learnt that policemen from the Koko division visited the scene after the case was reported to them.
Lasisi’s twin brother, Taiwo, said he spoke with him a few hours to the incident without any foreboding.
“I spoke with him around 7.30pm that
evening. He told me that they still had some of their property in
Sokoto. Even my wife spoke with his wife, Kehinde, around 8.30pm the
same evening. It was around 2.30am that one of their neighbours called
me to say there was a fire incident and they all died. Only their
apartment was affected. We are in shock because nobody expected it,” he
PUNCH Metro learnt that Kehinde
worked with Spectrum Digital Lab in Sokoto from September 2015 to
sometime in September 2016, when he relocated to Koko.
A former co-worker and family friend,
Bayode Oluwaseyi, described him as a diligent man who went through a lot
of difficulty before having a breakthrough.
“He had been in the industry from the
analogue to the digital era, and he contributed a lot to the photo
printing world. After all the problems he went through before the
breakthrough in September, it was unfortunate this tragedy befell him
and his family members,” he said.
Meanwhile, there has been an outpour of emotion from friends and family members who paid tribute to his memory on his Facebook page.
One Afonja Adedolapo, said, “This is so
sad! I can’t help but wonder what life is even all about. A generation
(died), in a day and at the same time! Oh Jesus, may their souls rest in
perfect peace and may Almighty God forgive their shortcomings and grant
them heaven.”
Another friend, Abolaji Kabeer, said, “We were together with his family last Saturday. May your gentle souls rest in peace.”
The Kebbi State Police Public Relations
Officer, ASP Mustapha Suleiman, said the victims were killed by fire
from a high power voltage.
He said, “What happened was that the
family was asleep when power was restored. However, because it was high
power voltage, there was an electrical problem, which started the fire.
All the family members were killed.”

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