2 Alleged Arsonists Granted N350,000 Bail

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Two men who allegedly set fire to a store that destroyed clothing materials worth  N2.1 million were on Monday granted bail in the sum of N350,000 with three sureties  each.

The duo, Stanley Nwachukwu, 27, and Daniel Moweta, 26, were arraigned on a two-count  charge before Mrs. O.O. Oshin of the Apapa Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused, with others at  large, on Nov. 1 conspired to set ablaze the store located in Awodiora Market,  Ajegunle.

He said that the duo wilfully and unlawfully set fire to the store, the property of  one Mrs. Caroline Osuji, which contained clothing materials.

“The accused persons burnt various lace, damask, silk and linen materials with the  market value of N2.1 million,’’ he said.

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The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Sections 443  (A) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos 2003.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of felony and  arson.

In granting the accused bail, Chief Magistrate Oshin, said the two sureties must be  civil servants on GL 12 and above.

She adjourned further hearing in the case till 6 December.

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