Man, 29, Sets Daughter, In-Laws’ Family House Ablaze

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By Agnes Nworie

The mother and child who were set on fire

A 29 years old phone repairer one Chibuike Izzogo of Isofumini Agbaja in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has been remanded in Abakaliki Federal Correctional centre for attempting to kill his three months old baby and setting his in-laws house ablaze.

Chibuike was said to have impregnated a twenty years old girl who gave birth to little Amarachi without performing any marriage rites which according to Izzi tradition made him just a free sperm donor.

Consequently, the supposed wife and daughter were not allowed to live with him but were being taken care of by the girl’s family in her family compound against his wish.

the culprit who set the house on fire

The defendant is accused in the suit numbered MAB/ 361c/2020 for attempted murder and arson because he allegedly poured Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) round the house where his supposed in-laws and the baby were sleeping at night on the 8th July, 2020 which made them wake up suddenly, ran helter-skelter from sleep forgetting the innocent baby, after which she got 50% degrees burnt before she was rescued.

The suspect who had no defense counsel during arraignment was said to have also beaten his 56 years old supposed father in-law, Mr. Cletus Aloh with plank and sticks which caused him injuries on his head and legs some days after the arson incident.

He thereby committed offence punishable under section 320 (1), 443 (a) and 355 all of criminal code cap 33 volume 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.

Speaking during the arraignment, the trial magistrate, His Worship, Blessing Chukwu, due to lack of competent jurisdiction, ordered remand of the suspect in Abakaliki Federal Correctional centre and adjourned the matter to a later date for report of compliance.

The trial magistrate directed the transfer of all documents and evidences in the mater to Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further prosecutions at the high court.

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