Mai-Nama stood and watched the court burn down after setting it on fire; and allowed himself be arrested by the court’s guards when they appeared at the scene. He was then handed over to the police and is being detained at the Funtua Police Area Command.
Witnesses said Mai-Nama filed a case two weeks ago before the court, seeking it to safeguard his marriage.
A senior court official, who pleaded anonymity, said “when the man realized that he would not win the case, he demanded all he spent during the wedding from his wife’s family and the court granted his prayers; so he was paid all the expenses incurred”.
“Unfortunately for him, the judgment favoured his wife as the marriage was dissolved by the court,” he said. “When the man realised that he would not win the case, he demanded all he spent during the wedding from his wife’s family and the court granted his prayers; so he was paid all the expenses incurred.”
The fire raged for hours before fire fighters could mobilise to the scene, destroying the judge’s office, the chamber and the registrar’s office. Hundreds of case files, some over 40 years, were also lost to the fire.
Deputy Public Relations Officer of Katsina State Police Command, ASP Shehu Koko Muhammad, confirmed the incident.