A 48-year-old female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, has been arraigned by the Lagos State Government for the alleged murder of her 50-year-old husband Symphorosa Otike-Odibi.
Udeme was arraigned on Monday before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area on two counts bordering on murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse.
The Lagos State Prosecutor, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, told Justice Akintoye that the defendant allegedly murdered her lawyer husband, on May 3, 2018, at their residence.
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 offence is contrary to section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and punishable by death while the offence of misconduct with regard to a corpse is contrary to Section 165(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and punishable with five years imprisonment.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following the plea, Justice Akintoye ordered the further remand of the defendant in Kirikiri prison and subsequently adjourned the case till October 8, 9, for hearing.
The defendant was first remanded at Kirikiri prisons by Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye of a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court on May 9.
The Magistrate then adjourned the case till June 25, pending when the DPP’s legal advice would be out.
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)’s Legal Advice stated 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 five years imprisonment against the suspect Udeme Otike-Odibi.