Husband acccused of stabbing banker wife to death slumps In Court

The trial of Akolade Arowolo, accused of murdering his banker wife, Titilayo, was stalled on Tuesday after he slumped in the dock at an Ikeja High Court, Lagos.

Arowolo suddenly collapsed inside the dock and was revived by the prisons officials who brought him to court.

The accused was immediately taken outside the court room by the prisons officials to take his drugs.

Justice Lateefat Okunnu adjourned the case June 28 due to Arowolo’s health condition.

Arowolo was charged for allegedly stabbing his wife to death on June, 24, 2011 at their residence located at No. 8, Akindeinde St., Isolo, Lagos.

He had pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of murder and was remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.

Earlier, during Tuesday’s proceedings, the prosecution called two police officers, Insp. Benson Ajie and Sgt. Bayem Cletus, to testify before the court.

The witnesses were led-in-evidence by Mrs Olabisi Ogungbesan, Director, Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ajie, who is of the Homicide Department, State CID, Panti, Yaba, and Cletus, an officer attached to the Aswani Police Station, claimed that the confessional statements made by Arowolo were made voluntarily.

The two statements written by the accused at the Aswani Police Station on June 27, 2011 and three others written on June 27, June 30 and July 4, 2011, were admitted by the court as exhibits P48 to P52.

Ajie claimed that Arowolo had a deep cut on his palm and belly when he was brought to State CID, adding that he took him to Police Hospital in Falomo for treatment.

He said: “On July 5, 2012, I was instructed by the deputy commissioner of police to take the accused to Prof. John Obafunwa, a Chief Pathologist, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

“Prof. Obafunwa took time to measure all the injuries in his body. That was all I understood from what they were doing”.

Under cross-examination by the accused counsel, Mr Olarewaju Ajanaku, Ajie said the police were convinced based on investigations that the deceased was murdered by her husband.

“From the evidence we gathered, we discovered that the couple were always fighting and I maintain that Arowolo murdered his wife”, Ajie said.

In his testimony, Cletus said Arowolo’s father, Mr Mudasuru Arowolo, came to report the incident at the Aswani Police Station on June 25,2012.

Cletus said: “We immediately went to the house and saw a crowd, including the relatives of the deceased. When I entered their bedroom, I saw Titilayo’s corpse on the bed in a pool of blood.

“There was a knife soaked with blood on the right side of her body. The bedding and the pillow cases were soaked in blood. There was a deep cut near her right breast and her right eye was stabbed”, he added.

The witness said Arowolo was taken to the police station by relatives on June 26, adding that he took his statements before the case file was transferred to the State CID.

-Leadership News

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2 Comments

  • if they were always fighting den der is a lot of miss understanding.when intending to get married,get to know each other very well.we all know misunderstanding is part of our daily life,but with God we can work it out.

  • I say, enough with the theartrics! Its only a lesser man that would make wife beating an habit, but as to go to the extent of killing, I say, off with his head!

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