Slain banker’s husband knows fate Friday

By IAfrica
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Feb 19th, 2014
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The Lagos High Court has fixed Friday for judgment in the murder charge filed against Akolade Arowolo, who was accused of stabbing his wife, Titilayo, to death.

The date is contained in a Hearing Notice, issued to the Prosecution and Defence counsel.

The date has been communicated to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Arowolo’s counsel, Barr. Olarenwaju Ajanaku.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Arowolo was arraigned on December 21, 2011 before Justice Lattef Okunnu, on a one- count charge of murder.

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Barr Olabisi Ogungbesan, had alleged that the accused murdered his wife on June 24, 2011 at their No. 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos, residence.

The deceased relatives, including her father, George Oyakhire, and her step-mother, Adetoun, had testified that Arowolo’s marriage was characterized by domestic violence.

Another witness, Prof. John Obafunwa, a Consultant Pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, also testified that the deceased was stabbed 76 times.

The accused, who testified on May 22, 2013, however denied the allegation, blaming his in-laws for the trouble in his marriage.

He insisted that his wife died after she accidentally fell on a knife during a quarrel on his birthday.

The court remanded him in Ikoyi prison, Lagos.

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