By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A 49 year old man, Ismaila Salau, accused of murdering his wife, Silifat Yakubu, by hitting her on the head with a pestle and dumping her corpse in a stream, yesterday, denied the accusation.
Salau was arraigned in 2015, on a count charge of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.
At the resumed hearing, the witness, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr. A. A Babalola, said on October 3, 2014, he was held up in traffic after running errands for a friend.
The witness told the court that on the fateful day, he left home around 6a.m. and returned back the following day at 4a.m. because his friend sent him on an errand.
“I was held up in traffic until the early hours of the following morning. My car also fell into a ditch due to flood,” he told the court.
He said that he called his wife who was visiting her parents during the Salah festivities .
Salau said that when he got home, he did not see his wife and her phone was switched off.
The witness said he called his older daughter who told him that the deceased left her mother’s house since 8 p.m.
Salau narrated how he went for a village meeting the following day and heard about a pregnant woman who drowned in the stream.
He said: “I then told the Baale that my wife was missing so he asked me and my wife’s elder brother to go to the Badagry General Hospital where the corpse was deposited to check if it was my wife.
“When I saw the corpse, I knew that that was my wife.”
During cross-examined by the Lagos State prosecutor, Jubril Kareem, the accused admitted that he did not report to the Police about his missing wife.
He, however denied the statement he allegedly made to the police during police investigation.
After listening to the evidence, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, adjourned the case until April 9, for continuation of trial.
Earlier, the prosecutor Kareem, had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on October 3, 2014, 11 p.m, at 18, Igbele village, in Araromi community of Badagry, Lagos State.
He said the defendant allegedly murdered his wife, Silifat Yakubu, by hitting her head with a pestle and dumping her corpse in a nearby stream.
Kareem said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
However the defendant pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.