My Son Did Not Kill His Wife – Mudashiru Arowolo

Akolade Arowolo who is standing trial at the Ikeja High Court for allegedly stabbing his banker wife Titilayo Omozoje to death last year, opened his defence with his witness, Mudashiru Arowolo telling the court that the deceased only had three wounds on her body.

In his witness, Mudashiru Arowolo who happened to be Kolade’s father said his son had wound on his palm which was a confirmation that he was trying to wrestle a knife from his wife.

He said he was surprised at what he read in the newspaper; the claim of Professor John Obafunwa, Chief Pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital who testified that the deceased had 76 stab wounds on her body, insisting she only had three.

He said he discovered some 20 wounds on the body of his son.

He also told the court that he knew that his son and the wife had been having quarrels but that Akolade was never violent.

The witness also claimed that he once heard the deceased threaten to kill his son and then herself.

He further said that Omozoje had left the husband’s house since January 2011 and that he was surprised to see the dead body of his daughter-in-law on June 25 in Akolade’s flat, after they had forced the door open.

“My son complained that the marriage was characterised by undue interference from our in-laws, both the father-in-law, Mr. George Oyakhire and the stepmother-In-law, Adetoun Oyakhire.”

“Immediately after the marriage, the couple started buying baby things because Omozoje was pregnant before they got married. My son told us that Onozoje requested for N500,000 and he said he could only afford N100,000. That was one quarrel. Immediately, Omozoje left for her parents’ house.

“Another instance of their quarrel was after she had been delivered of their baby in the hospital. Kolade said the stepmother-In-law had insisted she would keep the placenta. Then a quarrel ensued. But the Medical Director of the hospital gave it Kolade, being the baby’s father.

When told that different prosecution witnesses had said they saw many wounds on the body of the dead banker, the defendant’s father maintained that he only saw three wounds on the left part of her chest.

He however admitted to saying in one of his statements that he did ask why his son could have killed his daughter-in-law.

Under re-examination by his lawyer, Mudashiru said the statement was a mere response to the question of the IPO who asked how the defendant could have killed his wife.

Justice Lateefat Okunnu adjourned the matter till 4 December, 2012 for continuation of trial.