Man Killed Wife Over Infertility

Henry Okoro, 34, has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly killing his wife, Amaka, because she was not able to have a child. It happened at Gbagada area of Lagos State.


It was learnt that the couple had been married for several years without having children and that the defendant was under stress to send his wife away so he could remarry.

On August 27, 2013 the couple had a small quarrel, which turned into a fight. The deceased reportedly suffered injuries to her neck and fingers after she had been allegedly hit with some objects.

Four days after she was said to have reported the matter at the police station, Amaka died.

Okoro was arrested on September 4, 2013.

According to the police, although the suspect did not make any confessions and no weapon was found on him during his arrest, there was fingerprint evidence linking him with the crime.

On Tuesday he was accused of a single count of murder.

The defendant’s plea was not taken.

The prosecutor, Inspector Asu Feddy, asked the court to remand the defendant in custody to enable the police to duplicate the case file for transfer to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

He cited Section 264(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice, Lagos State to support the remand application. The police also added in its remand form, that there was the need for more investigation.

The magistrate, Mr. E.O Ogunkanmi, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Ikoyi Prison pending the DPP’s advice.

The matter was scheduled on November 7.


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