It was a day of horror and tragedy for the family of Pastor Shofolabo of the Celestial Church of God, in Ejigbo area of Lagos when his mistress, Iya Rachel allegedly set his family on fire, The Nation reports.

Shofolabo, who is the pastor-in-charge of the Celestial Church of God Joy of the Lord parish, lost his wife, Mary Shofolabo, his children, Taiwo and Iredamola and a relative, Kazeem, all who died at the General Hospital, Gbagada where they were rushed to.

According to the neighbors, Mrs Shofolabo was heard screaming “Iya Rachel what are you doing at my backyard” “thief” “thief” before an explosive sound.

It was reported that Iya Rachel deliberately wanted to kill all the occupants of the apartment as she carried out the act around 1am that morning.

Another daughter of the deceased, Bunmi confirmed what her mother told the doctor before she died.

Bunmi explained that  Taiwo’s 19th birthday was on the 7th of December and her colleague at work had planned to celebrate it for her.

She said,

 “Taiwo was very happy because it is the first time her birthday would be celebrated. At the saloon where she worked, her madam and colleagues had planned a celebration for her and she even called my cousin around 12am on Saturday telling her of the dress code and her new dance step.

We do not have anyone. Our mummy was our only support and now, she has been taken from us. My daddy knew the woman over five years ago when she moved into our compound with her husband. But her husband left when he discovered that she was my father’s lover. The woman has been causing problems for my mother. She was the reason I left the house. At a point, I told my mother to leave them that she should not put her mind in whatever they were doing. Yet, the woman was not satisfied.

There was anniversary at the church on November 27 and people heard the woman complaining that my mother was overdressed and looking beautiful. That so, she could still look beautiful. They told my mother but she doesn’t take such things seriously. She didn’t read any meanings to it. Now, the worst has happened.

We are crying for justice. We have reported to the police and we are begging them to investigate well because we know that something is not right. Let whoever was responsible for the fire and deaths of my mother, my sister, brother and Kazeem pay for it. We want justice.

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