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Court Remands Teenager for Setting Colleague Ablaze in Kwara

Court Remands Teenager for Setting Colleague Ablaze in Kwara

A sixteen-year-old girl has been remanded for setting her colleague on fire in Moshegada, Kaima local government area of Kwara State.

An Ilorin Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday remanded the suspect for allegedly setting her colleague, Fatimoh Jako, ablaze due an unresolved altercation between them.

She was dragged before Magistrate F.O Olokoyo for alleged Criminal Trespass, Mischief by Fire and Culpable Homicide contrary to sections 327, 342 and 221 Penal Code.

Reports said the suspect and victim were apprentice at one Joseph Friday Patent Medicine Store, and both have been entangled in a squabble that has refused to end, necessitating the transfer of the victim to another branch of the medicine store.

The suspect was however said to have procured petrol, trespassed into the room of the deceased while she was asleep, poured the petrol on her, ignite matches and burnt her alive, according to police reports.

Even though, the victim was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for treatment, she was later confirmed dead by doctors, and the police charge sheet claimed she died as a result of the burns she suffered.

Police said the defendant confessed to the crime during investigations.

Magistrate F. O Olokoyo, who only took cognisance of the suit because of lack of jurisdiction to try it, adjourned the case till 30th August, 2021, pending the outcome of advice from the Ministry of Justice.

He ordered her remand in any juvenile facility or appropriate custody in Ilorin.


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