19 November 2012

Nigeria: DPP Closes Case Against Murdered Banker's Husband

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Akolade Arowolo.

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Monday closed its case against Akolade Arowolo, who allegedly murdered his banker wife, Titilayo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Olabisi Ogungbesan, Director of DPP, announced this at the resumed trial of Arowolo before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.

NAN reports that 30-year-old Arowolo was arraigned on Dec.21, 2011 before Justice Lateefat Okunnu on a one-count charge of murder.

He was charged to court for allegedly stabbing his wife to death on June, 24, 2011, at their residence located at 8, Akindeinde St., Isolo, Lagos.

At the resumed trial on Monday, Ogungbesan called the prosecution's final witness, Mr Kingsley Ehebha, a member of staff of MTN Communications Ltd. to testify.

Ehebha, a fraud analyst at the company, was subpoenaed to produce the call records of the accused between June 1 and July 26, 2011.

Arowolo's counsel, Mr Olarenwaju Ajanaku, had objected to the admission of the call logs being admitted as exhibits claiming that they were illegible and did not complied with the Evidence Act.

However, the judge overruled him, noting that the documents were legible and original copies as generated from the computers of MTN.

The MTN call logs and the covering letter addressed to the DPP were admitted as exhibits P65 and P66 respectively.

In his testimony, the witness said the owner of the number; 08034460245, had received five calls on the day Titilayo was murdered.

Ehebha told the court that the logs were generated by an automated computer, adding that he was the person who generated them.

Following the conclusion of his evidence, Ogungbesan informed the court that the prosecution had concluded its case and that Arowolo should be ordered to open his defence.

Ajanaku told the court that the defence would call five witnesses and the case was adjourned till Nov. 29 for Arowolo to open his defence.


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