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Court remands woman over alleged murder of brother in-law

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—A 29-year-old woman, Obiageri Oriuwa, was yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere over alleged murder of her brother in-law.

The defendant who is a trader, is facing a count charge of murder preferred against her by Lagos State.

Oriuwa, who is a mother of three, residing at Olodi Apapa, Ajegunle suburb of Lagos State, was docked before Justice Raliat Adeniyi.

Lagos State prosecutor, Rotimi Oduntola, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on January 28, 2014.

She said the defendant allegedly stabbed one Ikechukwu Oriuwa to death as the deceased asked her the reason she put on a generator in her shop and locked it up throughout the night, which led to fire that almost burnt down the house.

Oduntola also alleged that while the argument was ongoing, the defendant picked up a knife and stabbed the deceased on his chest and arm, which led to his death.

According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under section 221 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011.

However, the defendant, who was weeping inside the dock, pleaded not guilty to the charge against her.

In view of her plea, the prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and asked for a trial date.

Consequently the judge adjourned the case to January 27 and February 1, 2016, for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody, pending the conclusion of the trial.


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