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Life Imprisonment: Punishment Awaiting Arsonists That Burnt Joe Igbokwe's House

Outspoken All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain, Joe Igbokwe, recently had his residence at Nnewi, Anambra state, burnt down by men suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The development follows a series of violent occurrences in the southeastern state that include killings, arson, and general public unrest said to be perpetrated by the proscribed group for the arrest of their leader. 

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The reason IPOB members were fingered as the culprits behind the attack on Joe Igbokwe's residence is not hard to decipher. The APC chieftain has long been a staunch opposer of the actions of Nnamdi Kanu and his proscribed group, IPOB. This made them consider him and enemy and earned him threats over time. Burning down the house was viewed as a way of getting back at Joe Igbokwe for his opposition.

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Be that as it may, what those men did, as partly captured by a CCTV camera installed at the residence, amounts to arson under the law. What this implies is the criminal act of knowingly setting fire to a person's property. As it turns out, the law seriously frowns on such and has a severe penalty reserved for offenders.

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Provision for this can be found in the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Chapter 42, section 443 of the statute states that anybody who willfully sets fire to any structure or building, completed or not, is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for life. The very act of even attempting to commit arson carries a stiff penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

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It stands to reason that ever since the commission of the crime, the police has been on the hunt for the evil doers. To this end, the video captured may well be of huge help in bringing them to justice, as well as beginning a chain of events that will eventually lead to the restoration of normalcy to Anambra state, by serving as a warning to other miscreants.

What do you think about this article? Could IPOB really be behind the crime of arson on Joe Igbokwe's residence? Give us your opinion in the comments below.

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