A 27-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ede, on Thursday appeared before a Kubwa Grade I Area Court for allegedly setting the house of his girlfriend on fire.
Ede, who lives at Pipeline Kubwa Village, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge 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 February 5.
He stated that the accused criminally trespassed into the complainant’s house and set the house on fire on the said date, and that the complainant lost her valuables worth N94,000 to the fire.
Lawal also stated that the accused while in police custody, threatened the complainant.
He said the offence contravened sections 342, 337 and 397 of the Penal Code.
After taking the accused person’s 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.
The matter was thereafter adjourned until March 5 for hearing.