The arraignment of Mr Maged Ali Taan, a Lebanese national, and Mustapha Tiamiyu, an employee of Alibert Products of Nigeria Limited, was delayed on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Kano.
The ongoing organized labor strike was the cause of the slight hitch.
According to the charge sheet prepared by Barrister Abdussalam Danmaidaki Saleh, the Inspector General of Police has charged Ali Taan and Mustapha Tiamiyu with conspiracy, arson, and attempted tampering with an electric transformer.
The alleged offenses took place on December 20, 2021, at No 5C Murtala Mohammed Way, Kano, where Ali Taan occupied the premises as a tenant and used it as a showroom for his products.
The charge sheet sighted by Justice Watch News also alleged that after allegedly setting fire to the building, Ali Taan made a fraudulent insurance claim.
Furthermore, he is accused of attempting to tamper with the electric cables and transformer used to supply electricity to the building.
The prosecution stated that the defendants’ actions are in violation of the provisions of Section 3(6), 1(4)(a), and 1(19) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act.
Due to the ongoing industrial action by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the arraignment of the two defendants could not proceed on the scheduled day.
However, Barrister Abdussalam Danmaidaki Saleh informed journalists that the court has rescheduled the arraignment for November 22, 2023.