CHINYERE OMEIRE of NAN reports chilling story of alleged murder of a Lagos-based lawyer by his wife, also a lawyer
Igbosere High Court Symphorosa Otike-Odibi, the 50 year-old lawyer who was allegedly stabbed to death by his wife, Udeme, also a lawyer, was found on his matrimonial bed with his genitals and intestines cut off.
Two siblings of the lawyer and his friend gave the graphic details in testimonies before the court on Monday.
Udeme Otike-Odibi, a 48-year-old lawyer, was on June 13, arraigned by the Lagos State Government on a two-count charge of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse before an Igbosere High Court in Lagos.
She pleaded not guilty and was remanded in Kirikiri Prison.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, Symphorosa’s friend and neighbour, Mr Stanley Grange-Koko, was led in evidence by the AttorneyGeneral of Lagos State, Mr Adeniji Kazeem (SAN).
He told the court how the deceased’s younger sister, Dr Anwuli Akwukwuma, called him at 2.00am on May 2, to go to the deceased’s (Symphorosa) house and check what was happening.
Grange-Koko said he rushed out of his car but could not gain access to the compound because no one answered when he knocked the gate and called out the deceased’s name several times.
Grange-Koko said he went back to his house but rushed back to the deceased’s house the second time when Akwukwuma called him back.
“Dr Akwukwuma called me back and said I should go back to the deceased house because it seems life is involved.
“At this point, I went with my wife, also called the estate security men, we had to climb the fence into the deceased compound.
“We also broke down the front door to gain access to the house because no one answered our several knocks,” he said.
Further valuation Grange-Koko said that he ran upstairs and saw blood on the floor, adding that he followed the blood trail to the bathroom and to the deceased room.
He said both he and the security men had to break the door to the deceased’s room.
“I saw the deceased lying on his bed with his wife (the defendant) lying beside him and there was blood everywhere.
“The deceased intestines were outside, I ran out and met the deceased sister coming up to the room, I tried to stop her from entering the room but she ran past me and entered,” GrangeKoko said.
He said the deceased sister ran out of the room shouting that her brother was dead but the defendant was breathing.
Grange-Koko said the defendant was however taken to hospital for further valuation.
After Grange-Koko’s evidence, the second witness, Dr Akwukwuma was called.
She narrated exactly what GrangeKoko had told the court but added that she called Grange-Koko because he was living in the same estate with the deceased and was a family friend to the deceased.
Intestines out Akwukwuma also added that she got the information about the problem through her mother whom the deceased called earlier to complain that his wife was hitting him and had a knife.
She added “when I got to the deceased house and saw him lying on his bed with his intestines out, I checked him and saw that he was already cold and stretched out.
“I noticed that he had died for hours and he was holding something in his arm but I couldn’t see what it was because he was already stiff.
“The police told me that it was his genitals that he was holding and asked me if there was another person in the room when I got there, I answered no,” Akwukwuma narrated.
The prosecutor also called a third witness, a younger brother to the deceased, Mr Andrew Otike-Odibi, who narrated the same story.
After listening to the three witnesses, Justice Adedayo Akintoye adjourned further hearing until Oct.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecutor had during arraignment told the court that the Udeme committed the offences on May 3, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.
He said that Udeme stabbed her husband and mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals.
The offences contravened Sections 165 (b) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 165 (b) provides five years imprisonment while Section 223 stipulates death penalty for offenders.
Odibi murdered in his home However the May 3, tragic incident brought considerable shock to Nigerians.
Udeme also reportedly severed the husband’s manhood and placed it in his right hand.
The incident happened at about 7.30am at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lagos.
The couple was said to have been married for three years.
The police public relations officer, Chike Oti, said the Divisional Police Officer, Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos, received a distress call that Odibi had been murdered in his home by his wife.
“Based on the information, the DPO mobilized a team of detectives to the scene, where they found the man lying on the bed in a pool of his own blood, with his stomach ripped open exposing the intestine.
As if that was not enough, the killer severed his genitals and placed it in his right hand.
“However, before the arrival of the police, Mrs.
Udeme was said to have unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide after it dawned on her that her spouse was dead.
But she was rushed to the hospital for treatment by neighbors.
“Further information from a neighbor revealed that the deceased called him on phone in the night before he was murdered, complaining that the wife was threatening to kill him with a knife.
The said neighbor, however, warned him to be careful.
The deceased also called his mother and his younger sister complaining of a threat to his life that fateful night,” he said.
Related incidents Related pathetic incidents of killer wives are on the increase.
Before the Odibi’s case was the chilling murder of Bilyaminu who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam.
The incident happened at their 4 Pakali Close, Wuse 2, Abuja, on November 19, 2017.
The couple who reportedly got married about 12 years ago had an eight months old daughter.
Reports had it that arguments over extra marital issues in morning of the tragedy led to the incident.
According to reports, Maryam allegedly found a nude photo on her hubby’s phone.
Also in November 2017, an Ibadan based lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan for stabbing her husband to death.