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Housewife jailed for burning down house after quarrel

06 March 2014, 06:53

Abuja - A 30-year-old housewife, Rashida Buhari, on Wednesday was sentenced to two years imprisonment by Kontagora Magistrates' Court for burning her marital house following a family quarrel.

Rashida, of Phase II GRA, Kontagora, had pleaded guilty to the one count charge of willful destruction of property.

The prosecutor, Insp. Abdul Abu, told the court that Rashida had on Tuesday, March 4, vandalised the personal belongings of her husband, Alhaji Musa Alhassan, after a disagreement.

He explained that after a quarrel the husband decided to divorce her, saying that the husband then organised a vehicle to convey the personal property of Rashida to her father’s house in Sokoto.

The prosecutor explained that the wife later returned to her husband's home at Phase II, GRA, Kontagora, on the pretext that she had forgotten something.

He said the she used the opportunity to set the house on fire.

Abu urged the magistrate to go ahead with the summary trial of Rashida, since she had pleaded guilty to the charge against her.

In her judgment, Magistrate Aisha Bawa, sentenced her to two years imprisonment and equally ordered her to pay a fine of N10 000 to her former husband.

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