By Kayode Afolabi, Ore
An Odigbo Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of a 25-year-old man, Godwin Ejike, for allegedly setting fire on two men.
Men of the Ondo State Police Command arraigned in court the defendant on a count charge of assault.
According to the prosecution, the defendant committed the offence on September 19, 2023 at Area Mother quarters via Ore, Ondo State
The prosecutor, Inspector James Usifo, told the court that the accused and others at large grievously assaulted two persons; David Monday and Sabinu Mohammed, by setting fire and inflicting several injuries on their bodies.
According to Usifo, the victims are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Ore.
The offence contravenes Section 335 of the Criminal, Code Cap. 37, Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
When the charge was read, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence leveled against him.
Usifo, therefore sought for an adjournment to enable the victims at the hospital recuperate, and also to prepare his witnesses for trial.
The defence counsel, Mr V. A. Akinfe, did not oppose the prosecutor’s application. But he prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.
Chief Magistrate D. O. Ogunfuyi granted the prosecutor’s prayer and ordered the remand of the defendant at the Okitipupa Correctional Centre till October 30, 2023.