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Court remands tenant for setting landlord’s house on fire in Ibadan.

2nd May 2024

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Thursday ordered that a 35-year-old man, Dickson Peter, be remanded in a correction facility for allegedly setting his landlord’s house on fire. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police charged the defendant with two counts of felony and arson. The Magistrate, Mr M. Mudashiru, who did not take his plea due to lack of jurisdiction, ordered that he be remanded in the Abolongo Correctional Facility, Oyo Town. Mudashiru said the remand is pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). He adjourned the matter until July 23, 2024, for reference.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Femi Oluwadare told the court that Peter, on April 18, at about 12:30 am, was alleged to have unlawfully set fire to the house of his landlord, Cepas Okeme, and destroyed properties worth N6.5 million. Oluwadare said that after he set the building on fire, it also spread to the next house property belonging to Bose Ali ‘F’ and destroyed property worth N3.5 million. He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 443 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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