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Court Fixes Friday For Ruling On Man Accused Of Killing His Banker Wife

By Funke Busari

A Lagos High Court, Ikeja has fixed Friday, 21st February to deliver judgment in the case of alleged murder filed against Mr. Akolade Arowolo who was charged with 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, Olarenwaju Ajanaku.

Arowolo was arraigned on 21st December, 2011, before Justice Lateefat Okunnu, on a one-count charge of murder.

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Olabisi Ogungbesan, had alleged that the accused murdered Titilayo, a banker, on 24th June 2011 at his residence at 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos.

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

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

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

He had 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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