Trader arraigned for allegedly bathing pregnant woman, children with petrol

A 52-year-old trader, Moruf Olushola, charged with bathing a pregnant woman and her two children with petrol with intent to set them ablaze was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The defendant, who resides at Surulere, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate Mrs B.O Osunsanmi on a two-count charge of of and attempt to commit arson.

Olushola, however, denied committing the and was admitted to a bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and evidence of two tax to the Lagos State Government.

The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the on Feb. 16 at Ayobo, Lagos.

He alleged that the defendant attempted to commit arson by pouring petrol on Mrs Oyinye Bernard and her children.

Ayorinde said: “The defendant, who was under the influence of alcohol, fell down in front of the ’s shop and slept off.

“When he woke up his drunkenness, he wrongly accused the of stealing his phone.

“In the process, he poured petrol on the pregnant , her children and also sprinkled her shop with petrol.

“He was looking for matches or lighter in order to set them ablaze. People rushed to the scene to rescue the complainant and her children.”

The prosecutor said that the defendant was handed over to the police.

According to him, the violate Sections 168 and 342 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 342 stipulates 14 imprisonment for attempted arson.

The magistrate adjourned the case until March 9 for mention. (NAN)

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