A friend and sibling of the 50-year-old lawyer, Symphorosa Otike-Odibi, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his wife, Udeme Otike-Odibi, on Monday narrated how they found Symphorosa’s corpse on his matrimonial bed with his genitals and intestines cut off.
Udeme, a 48-year-old lawyer, was on June 13, arraigned before an Igbosere High Court in Lagos, by the Lagos State Government on a two-count charge of murder and misconduct.
She pleaded not guilty and was remanded in Kirikiri prison.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, Symphorosa’s friend and neighbour, Mr Stanley Grange-Koko, was led in evidence by the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Adeniji Kazeem (SAN).
He told the court how the deceased’s younger sister, Dr Anwuli Akwukwuma, called him at 2.00am on May 2, to go to the deceased’s (Symphorosa) house and check what was happening.
Grange-Koko said he rushed out of his car but could not gain access to the compound because no one answered when he knocked at the gate and called out the deceased’s name severally.
Grange-Koko said he went back to his house but rushed back to the deceased’s house the second time when Akwukwuma called him back.
“Dr Akwukwuma called me back and said I should go back to the deceased house because it seems life is involved.
“At this point, I went with my wife, also called the estate security men, we had to climb the fence into the deceased compound.
“We also broke down the front door to gain access to the house because no one answered our several knocks,” he said.
Grange-Koko said that he ran upstairs and saw blood on the floor, adding that he followed the blood trail to the bathroom and to the deceased room.
He said both him and the security men had to break the door to the deceased’s room.
“I saw the deceased lying on his bed with his wife (the defendant) lying beside him and there was blood everywhere.
“The deceased intestines were outside, I ran out and met the deceased sister coming up to the room, I tried to stop her from entering the room but she ran past me and entered,” Grange-Koko said.
He said the deceased sister ran out of the room shouting that her brother was dead but the defendant was breathing.
Grange-Koko said the defendant was, however, taken to hospital for further valuation.
After Grange-Koko’s evidence, the second witness, Dr Akwukwuma was called.
She narrated exactly what Grange-Koko had told the court but added that she called Grange-Koko because he was living in the same estate with the deceased and was a family friend to the deceased.
Akwukwuma also added that she got the information about the problem through her mother whom the deceased called earlier to complain that his wife was hitting him and had a knife.
She added “when I got to the deceased house and saw him lying on his bed with his intestines out, I checked him and saw that he was already cold and stretched out.
“I noticed that he had died for hours and he was holding something in his arm but I couldn’t see what it was because he was already stiff.
“The police told me that it was his genitals that he was holding and asked me if there was another person in the room when I got there, I answered no,” Akwukwuma narrated.
The prosecutor also called a third witness, a younger brother to the deceased, Mr Andrew Otike-Odibi, who narrated the same story.
After listening to the three witnesses, Justice Adedayo Akintoye adjourned the further hearing until Oct. 10.
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Two Teenage Brothers Behead 10-Year-Old For N200,000 [PHOTOS]
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two teenage brothers allegedly in possession of fresh human head along Ajah-Epe Expressway.
The Spokesman for the police in the state, CSP Chike Oti, said on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday at about 8:30pm by a team of anti-kidnapping operatives.
Oti said the operatives were on routine patrol between Ajah/Epe Expressway when they met the brothers, aged 18 and 19, and resident at Tunde Balogun Street, Shapati, Ibeju-Lekki, a suburb of Lagos State.
He said on interrogation, the youths confessed that one Sodiq Abefe contracted them to provide him with a human head at the cost of N200,000.
He said: “They confessed that they lured the victim by sending him to buy Coca-Cola drink for them and when he brought the drinks to them they held him and cut off his head with a knife.
“The victim has been identified by his parents as Joseph Makinde, aged 10. The corpse was recovered from an uncompleted building located at Shapati.
“Effort is being made to arrest the said Sodiq Abefe who allegedly contracted the duo to commit the heinous crime.”
Oti said the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had directed that the case is handed over to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba for further investigations.
Oti said the CP reiterated his earlier warning to criminals to repent, relocate from the state or regret the consequences of their actions.
TRAGEDY: SARS Officer Shoots LASTMA Official Dead In Lagos [PHOTOS]
Tragedy struck on Wednesday at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout in Lagos, when a suspected officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) named Oki Prince Joseph allegedly gunned down an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
The LASTMA official identified as Adeyemo Rotimi, according to sources had flagged down the SARS officer for a traffic issue.
The SARS officer, we learnt, got down and warned the traffic official never to stop him again, adding that he didn’t have right to do so.
In the course of exchanging hot words, the angry officer returned to his car, brought out a gun and shot the traffic official. Many ran for safety after hearing the sound of the gun.
The SARS officer was said to have been arrested. Eyewitnesses said the officer drove a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with registration number plate LSR 277 BJ.
The alleged killer was first taken Moshalashi Police Station along Ipaja Road before being transferred to State Command in Ikeja GRA.
The traffic official was rushed to Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. His remains, according to sources have been deposited in a mortuary in Yaba, Lagos Mainland.
LASTMA Public Relations Officer Mahmud Hassan confirmed the incident.
Hassan said the investigation is ongoing.
When the SARS officer’s vehicle was searched for identification, guns, fake 1,000 Naira notes, ATM card, church ID card, business ID card and FSARS documents were recovered.
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