28th January, 2011
A jilted lover has been arrested by the police at Isheri Oshun, Lagos for allegedlyÂ setting his girlfriendâ€™s shop ablaze because she refused to marry him.
Nsidibe Achibong was alleged to have poured some petrol and used matches to igniteÂ fire on the shop owned by Margaret Caleb at 50, Lafunke Street, Ijegun, Lagos,Â South-West Nigeria.
The seemly frustrated man carried out the act after fruitless attempt to convinceÂ her to marry him.
P.M.NEWS gathered that Margaret was once married to a man who abandoned her with twoÂ kids and went abroad where he has remained for many years now. Since then, theÂ husband has not contacted her.
While facing the agony of taking care of the two children the husband left behind,Â Nsidibe approached her and told her that he wanted to marry her.
P.M.NEWS gathered from the victim that she toldÂ him to leave her alone because ofÂ the trauma she was going through. But the defendant could not hear any of herÂ excuses and along the line, started to threaten her life, which she reported to theÂ police.
Margaret told P.M.NEWS that on the day of the incident, Nsidibe came to her shopÂ where she was doing her fashion design business and poured petrol and burnt theÂ place. But before the fire could be extinguished, everything in the shop had beenÂ destroyed.Â After committing the act, he escaped.
He was later arrested by the police who preferred a charge of arson against him.
He was arraigned in the magistrateâ€™s court at Ejigbo.
The offence he committed was said to be contrary to section 443 and 451 of theÂ Criminal Code.
When he was arraigned before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. S.O. Solebo, she notedÂ that the offence he committed was a capital offence and ordered that the policeÂ should take him to the high court at Ikeja.