A 17-year-old girl, Esther Alex, was on Tuesday, arraigned by the police before a Magistrate Court sitting in Benue State for setting her boyfriend ablaze.
The Court 8 Magistrate Court located at North Bank in Makurdi read the first information report to Esther thus: “Mischief by Fire and Culpable Homicide’, read that “one Esther Alex ‘F’ of No. 1, Zaki Biam street, Wadata Makurdi went to the house of Mr Chidimma Omah ‘M’ 28 years old at No. 17, Yandev street, Makurdi and poured petrol in it while he was asleep and set him ablaze.
“As a result, the room was engulfed in fire and burnt down the entire house, property value not yet known, together with Mr Chidimma Omah who sustained grave burns and subsequently died while receiving treatment at the hospital.”
The prosecuting Counsel, Inspector Dominic Ochaba, asked the court to remand the accused in the Makurdi correctional centre because investigation into the matter was still on.
Although the defense counsel did not object to Ochaba’s prayer, he, however, called the court’s attention to the existing FIR report read before the court.
The Magistrate, Regina Ochokwunu, who declined the defense counsel’s request for oral application to be made in respect of the FIR, ordered that the accused be remanded in the correctional centre.
She asked the court to reconvene on March 5, 2021 for hearing in the case to continue.