A man identified as Ifeanyi Ede has been arraigned in court for allegedly setting his girlfriend’s house ablaze in Abuja.
The man appeared on Thursday at a Kubwa Grade I Area Court on charges of assault and arson.
Ede, who lives at Pipeline Kubwa Village, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to three charges of criminal trespass, causing mischief by fire and criminal intimidation.
Prosecutor Idowu Lawal had told the court that Esther Yahaya of Kubwa, Abuja, 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. He said the complainant lost her valuables worth N94,000 in the fire. And if not for the intervention of her neighbors, she would have lot her life as well
Lawal also said the accused while in police custody, threatened the complainant. And even did not show remorse after his arrest claiming he bought the properties lost by the lady and he has the right to do anything to them.
He said the offense contravened sections 342, 337 and 397 of the Penal Code.
After taking the accused 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 adjourned the matter until March 5 for hearing.
This was just a similar case of a man that that beat his girlfriend to death in Lagos last year. The man identified as Victor Umeh was alleged to have beaten one Rachael Osu to death after an argument ensued between them
The couple who lived around Okota in Lagos were coming from a function when Rachael spotted an old friend of hers, which she stopped by to greet. Victor, however, proceeded home and waited for her at home.
On arrival, they were both reported to be involved in an argument after which Victor pounced on her and gave violently threw her against the sofa. She was reported to have died immediately.
The man, however, was caught when he made an attempt to run away, unknown to him that neighbors had laid siege when they heard noises coming from their home.
He was eventually detained and handed over the police at the Panti Division