Man sets girlfriend’s house on fire


A 27-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ede, on Thursday was arraigned in a Kubwa Grade I Area Court for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s house on fire.

Ede, who lives at Pipeline in Kubwa Village, Abuja, committed the offence on Feb 5th.

Prosecutor, Idowu Lawal, told the court that ‎Esther Yahaya reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station on Feb. 5.

Lawal said the accused criminally trespassed into the complainant’s house and set the house on fire on the said date.

“The complainant lost her valuables worth N94,000 in the fire.‎

“The accused while in police custody also threatened the complainant.”

He said the offence contravened sections 342, 337 and 397 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of criminal trespass, causing mischief by fire and criminal intimidation.‎

After taking the accused’s plea, the judge, Mohammed Marafa, granted him bail in the sum of N150,000 with one surety in like sum.

Marafa ordered that the surety must produce evidence of means of livelihood and identification.

He further adjourned the matter until March 5 for hearing.

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