17-year-old Esther Alex, who burnt her boyfriend in Benue state has been remanded in a Correctional Centre in Makurdi.
Recall that, Chidinma Ikechukwu Omah, a patent medicine dealer, was killed as he was set ablaze by his 17-year-old girlfriend, Esther Alex, at Wadata, Makurdi, Benue State. Read here
The case which came for the mention, on Tuesday, January 19th, has the First Information Report read to the accused. The FIR, titled,’ Mischief by Fire and Culpable Homicide’ read in parts,
“That one Esther Alex ‘F’ of no 1, Zaki Biam street, Wadata Makurdi went to the house of Mr. Chidimma Omah ‘M’, 28 years old, at No 17, Yandev street, Makurdi and poured petrol in it while he was asleep and set him ablaze.
“As a result, the room was engulfed in fire and burnt down the entire house property value not yet known together with Mr. Chidimma Omah who sustained grave burns and subsequently died while receiving treatment at the hospital.”
The prosecutor, Inspector, Dominic Ochaba, asked that the accused be remanded in the correctional center, Makurdi pending when the investigation into the matter is concluded.
Counsel to the accused, S.O. Obekpa, did not object to the prosecutor’s demands but drew the attention of the court to the First Information Report.
He said, “There is no objection to the prosecutor’s prayer but where and manner the fuel was kept”.
Obekpa also requested for an oral application to be made in respect of the FIR but was declined by the magistrate.
The Magistrate, Regina Ochokwunu, however, ordered that the accused be remanded in the correctional center and adjourned the case to March 5, 2021.