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64-year-old arraigned over death of 7 people

Alhaji Waidi Raheem Fasola ‘Larafash,’ owner of Fash Oil, whose gas factory caught fire in 2020, killing residents and damaging property, has appeared in a Lagos State High Court.

The State Department of Public Prosecution arraigned him on a 30-count criminal indictment.

The 64-year-old businessman, whose plea was heard before Justice Oyindamola Ogala, was accused of irresponsible behaviour that resulted in the deaths of at least 7 people and the damage of several houses and shops in the Baruwa Ipaja region of Lagos State’s Ayobo-Ipaja local government area.

Fasola, who pleaded “not guilty” to all 30 counts, was accused of illegally allowing the discharge of LPG (cooking gas) from the tanker to his gas dump without proper security measures, which resulted in the fire.

Justice Ogala granted the motion to release Alhaji Fasola on bail, adjourning the bail hearing until April 14 and the trial until May 23.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; editing by Muzha Kucha and Saadatu Albashir