While the father of the kids , who was said to be a musician , reportedly went to perform at an event, the mother reportedly eloped with a lover to a nearby hotel .
A resident , who preferred anonymity , told The PUNCH that the mother had locked the three children in a room and lit a candle before she left with the lover .
He said, “ The woman is a teacher . She left with her lover to a nearby hotel that night.
“ The children were aged 5, 4 and 2 years respectively.
He said, ” Following the distress call , Police patrol team led by the DPO rushed to the scene , cordoned off the area and the fire was put off by local volunteers before the arrival of firefighters .
“ The victims were photographed and corpses buried, according to their customs .”