By Ifeanyi Okolie
The Yaba Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos State was, Friday, filled to capacity, as curious members of the public witnessed the arraignment of 30-year-old Akolade Arowolo, who was accused of killing his banker wife, Titilayo Arowolo.
The father of the accused, Mr. Arowolo, who wailed uncontrollably as his son was taken into court in handcuffs by plain-cloth detectives from the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, Lagos, told reporters that he had anticipated a peaceful divorce between the couple, before the tragic incident.
According to him, “the marriage was no longer working between Akolade and Titilayo and I was hoping that they would seek a peaceful divorce. I really do not know what went wrong. But on several occasions, I have been forced to intervene in their brawl.”
” I am aware my son abuses his wife and I have always been around to dissuade the fight. But when I learnt that Akolade beat up Titilayo, I decided not to intervene anymore.” he stated.
Continuing, Mr. Arowolo added that, “I have not seen Akolade and Titilayo since January, and I decided to stop intervening because I was tired of settling their disputes.
So, the last time I was told that Kolade had beaten up Titilayo, I prayed in my heart that the couple should just get a divorce.”
“It was with dismay that I received news that Akolade had killed his wife. Titilayo was such a nice lady. She used to call my wife a lot because they were quite fond of each other.”
Some months before this tragic incident, we tried calling her but unfortunately, her phone never went through. It was only later that we discovered that she had changed lines.”
Meanwhile, the accused was arraigned before Magistrate Demi Ajayi, on a one-count charge of murder, who ordered him to be remanded in prison custody.
The Magistrate also referred the case to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, for legal advice, as she adjourned the case till September 9, 2011.
Mrs. Ajayi said explained that “since the murder attracts capital punishment, the suspect has to be remanded in prison custody.
The charge against Arowolo reads:
“That you Arowolo Akolade, on June 24, 2011, at about 1:30pm, at Isolo Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Arowolo Omozoje ‘female’ by stabbing her with a knife thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap C-17, Vol. 11, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.”