By Suleiman Shehu
The Oyo State NSCDC Commandant, Iskilu Akinsanya, who disclosed this on Monday in Ibadan, said the victim’s step mother was also arrested.
Akinsanya, who paraded the suspects, alleged that the father of the victim and his wife jointly tied her to the ceiling and set fire underneath her until she confessed to the theft.
He said that the victim allegedly stole N3, 000 belonging to one Rukayat Trimisiyu out of which N600 was found in her bag.
“It was gathered that the victim later brought the remaining N2, 400 from where it was hidden in the house.
“The victim is currently at the hospital receiving treatment as a result of the injury caused by the fire,’’ Akinsanya said.
Speaking with newsmen, the father of the victim said that his intention was to scare her into confessing to the theft and not harm her.
He described himself as a caring parent, adding that he did not know that the fire would burn the victim.
The suspect, who said that he and the mother of the victim had separated three years ago, pleaded for leniency.
The stepmother of the victim, however, claimed that she did not participate in torturing the victim.