31-year-old Akolade Arowolo standing trial for allegedly killing his banker wife, Titilayo, on June 24, 2011 has today been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ikeja High court.
Akolade who was accused of allegedly stabbing his wife, Titilayo 76 times at their residence in Lagos insisted he loved his wife and did not kill his wife saying he and the deceased kissed and had sex for two hours on the day she died, which happened to be his birthday.
The trial judge,Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court delivered her judgment today, Friday and found Arowolo guilty on one-count of murder. The judge said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that he killed his wife. Akolade burst into tears after the verdict was read.
Akolade who claimed to be an ordained pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God had told the court his wife died in an accident, falling on a knife she was using to stab him during a quarrel on his birthday.
Arowolo held by prison guards Arowolo in tears after he was sentenced
According to him: “She started screaming that she was going to kill me and kill herself. I was begging her to take it easy and drop the knife but she refused. “That was when we started struggling for the knife and she fell on the bed”.
Akolade who had been married to his late wife, Titilayo for only two years and blessed with a daughter was apprehended on December 21, 2011, and charged to court for allegedly stabbing her to death.