A 48 year old lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi was yesterday remanded in Kirikiri prisons by a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, over alleged murder of her husband Symphorosa (Sym) Otike-Odibi who was 50 year old in his residence.
Udeme was arraingned on a two count charge bordering on murder and Misconduct with regard to a Corpse, preferred against her by Lagos State.
Udeme however pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.
The Lagos State Prosecutor Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, told the Court that the defendant allegedly murdered her husband on May 3, 2018, at their resident.
He said that the defendant allegedly threatened him with a knife and eventually stabbed him to death and went further to mutilate his body, by cutting off his private part.
According to him the offences committed is contrary to section 223 punishable by death and Misconduct with regard to a Corpse contrary to Section 165(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 punishable with 5years imprisonment.
Justice Akintoye thereafter adjourned the case till October 8, 9, for hearing.
The defendant was first remanded at Kirikiri prisons by Chief Magiatrate Kikelomo Ayeye of a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court on May 9.
She adjourned the case till June 25, pending when the legal advice would be out.
Magiatrate Ayeye, had remanded the defendant after Mr Effiong Asuquo, Chief Supritendent of Police at Panti Yaba brought a remand warrant before the court.
The defendant’s lawyer Oluseye Bamijoko had asked Magistrate Ayeye to remand the defendant at Ikoyi prison as she had a disease, and the specialist that attends to her is within Ikoyi axis.
However the duplicate Police case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions DPP, came out on May 21.
In the legal advice the DPP said based on the facts disclosed in the duplicate casefile forwarded to this Office, Legal Advice was issued on the 21st of May, 2018 and information papers filed at the High Court of Lagos, Lagos Division.
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions issued Legal Advice stating that the available facts established a prima facie case of Murder contrary to section 223 punishable by death and Misconduct with regard to a Corpse contrary to Section 165(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 punishable with 5years imprisonment against the Suspect Udeme Otike Odibi
“Facts available in file reveal that the suspect, subsequent to her stabbing her husband, mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals.
The Suspect is therefore to stand trial before the High Court of Lagos State for the murder of her husband and mutilation of his corpse.” The information reads.