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Friday, February 10, 2012

BANKER’S MURDER: Prosecution Opens Murder Case Against Akolade Arowolo

Led in evidence by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP), Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan, the witness recounted that the deceased banker  (Titilayo Arowolo)was stabbed in the chest, face and head. Akolade had been arraigned last month on a one-count charge of murder contrary to section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap. 17 Volumes 2, Laws of Lagos State, 2003. When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty but was remanded in custody.

In his testimony, Adeyemi, a co-tenant of the deceased and her husband at 8, Akinde Street, Isolo said he witnessed the unfortunate incident. The witness said he took his wife to work on the day of the incident and on his way back home; he left his car with the mechanic for repair.

According to Adeyemi,  I decided to join a commercial bus back home but before I got to the bus stop, it had started raining. I waited for 30 minutes and when it was taking too long for the rains to stop, I rode a motor bike and got home drenched. I was in my apartment, when I heard the sound of metal object falling down from the top flat. I was curious, but couldnt identify what exactly it was.

The witness said minutes later, he heard the sound of his neighbour, Mr. Arowolo, who was coming down from his flat up stairs. Adeyemi said I quickly opened my door to ask what happened.

But I noticed that there was a deep cut on his palm, soaked with blood. I tried to find out what happened but he seemed to be in a hurry and he called the gateman, Seidu to open the gate, he entered his car and drove out.

The witness testified further that the metal objects later turned out to be a broken knife and a hammer which were later taken away by the police officers who came to investigate the case at the house after a formal report at the station. The witness also said that while entering the premises earlier, he noticed a man lying down on a bench at the entrance of the staircase, but never bothered to ask anything.
He said, immediately Akolade drove out, I entered my apartment and locked the door, thinking he had been attacked. And I called my wife and a neighbour, Bayo Ajakaiye to inform them of what happened. Later that day, we went to Akolades flat to knock at the door to see if there was anyone in, but there was no response.

We also tried to call the phones of Akolade and his wife, but to no avail. It was at that point we decided to report the matter at the Aswani Police Station. Adeyemi told the court that as at the time he and other neighbours reported the matter; the police confirmed that nobody had lodged any report. He said during investigation, the police later called them to come and identify a car found on Osolo Way which eventually turned out to be Akolade's. Asked if he of knew of any incessant quarrels between the couple, the witness said there was none to his knowledge.

Justice Okunnu has adjourned further trial to February 20, 2012.


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