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AGF Takes Over, Withdraws Arson Case Against Lebanese National, One Other

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The criminal case of alleged arson against Lebanese national Maged Ali Taan, who is the Managing Director of Alibert Products Nigeria Limited, has been taken over and subsequently withdrawn by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

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Justice Watch News earlier reports that Ali Taan, the Managing Director of Alibert Products Nigeria Limited alongside his employee Mustapha Tiamiyu, were charged by the Inspector General of Police.

Justice Watch News, similarly reports that presiding judge, Justice Muhammad Nasir Yunusa refused Police application to terminate the case and transferred it to IGP for further investigation.

He consquently ordered Police to produce the defendant for arraignment today

When the case resumed on Monday for arraignment, Mr Abdulkarim Alhassan, informed the court that the AG of the federation would take over the Prosecution of the case from the police.

“We urge your lordship to allow the AGF to take over this case pursuant to section 174(1)(b) of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended.

“My lord i am also directed to withdraw the charge against the defendants pending review pursuant to section 108 of ACJL”

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Defense Counsel, Mr Yahaya Isa.Abdulrashid, did not oppose the application.

Justice Muhammad Nasir Yunusa, granted the AG’s application of taking over the case and withdraw the charges against the defendants pending review.

The defendants were charged on three count bordering on conspiracy, arson and attempt to temper with electric transformer.

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The defendants on Dec. 20, 2021 were alleged to have conspired willfully and maliciously set fire on a building at no 5c Murtala Muhammed Way Kano which he occupied as a tenant and used same as show room.

“In the process Ali-Taan made a fraudulent insurance claim on the said building.

“The defendants also allegedly attempted to temper with electric cables and transformer used for supplying electricity to the said building”

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened the provisions of section 3(6),1(4)(a) and 1(19)(a) of the Miscellaneous offences Act.

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