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Police arraign man, 55, over alleged arson


The Nigerian Police on Thursday arraigned Agwu Oji, a 55-year-old man, for allegedly setting fire to a structure valued at N400,000.

Agwu whose address is unknown is facing a two-count charge of arson and malicious damage.

The prosecution counsel, ASP. Clement Okuomose, told the Court that the defendant committed the offenses on Feb 21 at about 1:00 p.m at Alemu Bus-Stop Ijanikin area of Lagos.

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The prosecutor alleged that the defendant set fire to a structure valued at N400,000, the property of one Isiaka Harisu, the complainant.

He said the defendant also damaged waste products meant for recycling valued at N700,000.

“The defendant was arrested during the act and handed over to Police for prosecution.

“The offenses contravened Sections 341 and 339 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state, 2015,” Harisu told the court.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The Chief Magistrate, Fadahunsi Adefioye, admitted the defendant to bail of the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the like sum.

Adefioye adjourned the case until March 17 for mention.