A 36 year-old farmer, Omotayo Ibrahim, who allegedly attempted to burn down a building and breached public peace, was on Friday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, of No. 17, Cole St., Elegbata, Lagos Island, is facing trial on a two-count charge bordering on an attempt to commit arson and manner likely to breach public peace.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Daniel Ighodalo, said that the offences were committed on April 29, at 2.00 a.m., at his residence.
Ighodalo said the accused had always threatened to burn down the building, kill the occupants and had broken down the door leading to the house twice.
He said the accused, on April 29, locked the entrance into the building of the above-mentioned address, and threatened to burn it down.
Ighodalo said the occupants had to invite members of the vigilance group in the neighbourhood to plead with the accused to open the entrance gate, and later invited the police.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 166(d) and 340 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Ibrahim, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Olaitan Ajayi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties, in like sum. She adjourned the case till May 9, for further hearing. (NAN)