Man remanded for setting wife ablaze | Dailytrust

Man remanded for setting wife ablaze

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned one Anthony Avukeh in an Ebute-Meta chief magistrates’ court for allegedly setting his wife ablaze.

The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Olatunde Kehinde, said the 57-year-old man poured some quantity of substance suspected to be petrol on his 45-year-old wife, Peace, and allegedly set her on fire.

Consequently, he was charged with murder and act likely to cause a breakdown of law and order.

The police said the accused committed the crime during a fight with his wife.

The prosecutor also said that after emptying a container of petrol on his wife, he lit her up with matches and that the unfortunate incident happened at the couple’s residence located on Ahmed Mohammed Way, Abule Egba, Lagos.

He said the accused sustained some burns as a result of his action. The wife was rushed to a nearby hospital by some neighbours where she was rejected by the doctor on duty.

“The accused was subsequently arrested and transferred to the homicide department of the SCID,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused accosted the victim while she was returning from an undisclosed place.

He said the couple quarreled before the husband decided to take the laws into his own hands.

The court, however, did not take his plea after the prosecutor asked the court to refer the matter to the Department of Public Prosecutor (DPP) for legal advice.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs A. A. Oshoniyi, ordered that the accused be remanded in correctional centre at Kirikiri town, Lagos, pending when the DPP’s report will be ready.

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. Sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
Media Trust Ltd

Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410