By Onozure Dania
LAGOS—BROTHER in-law to Udeme Otike-Odibi, a female lawyer, who allegedly murdered her husband, Symphorosa Otike-Odibi, Chijioke Akukuma, yesterday, told a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, that he aborted his trip when he got a call from his wife Dr. Awunli Akukuma, that her brother has been killed by his wife.
Akukuma said: “On May 3, 2018, I was at the Airport, when I was called by my wife that her elder brother Symphorosa has been killed by his wife.”
Akukuma said that prior to that, he had on May 2, exchanged messages on WhatsApp with the defendant, who had come to his house a week earlier to complain to him about the challenges she and the deceased were having in their marriage.
He said that the night before May 3, he chatted with Udeme on WhatsApp, at about 11p.m, on his way back from the office, telling her that they had been on his mind and that he sent her chat because it was too late to call her and that he will be travelling the next day that he will call her when he gets back.
Udeme, 48, is facing a two-count charge of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse.
She was arraigned on June 13, by the Lagos State Government and she had pleaded not guilty to the offences and was remanded at Kirikiri prison.
The prosecutor had during arraignment told the court that Udeme committed the alleged offences on May 3, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Akukuma, who is the sixth prosecution, witness said that when Udeme came to his house a week earlier, she had told him that Symphorosa was not being supportive to her, adding that when she wanted to do a business, he wasn’t supportive.
Akukuma, an engineer was led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution DPP, Titilayo Shitta-Bey.
He said that he has known Udeme since she got married to his brother in-law and the deceased for over 25 years.
He said: “I got off the flight and called a retired Assistant Police Commissioner, I told him that my brother in-law had been killed that he should call the appropriate authorities that I was on my way from the airport, I gave him the address.”
Justice Akintoye adjourned till November 20, for continuation of hearing.