The marriage of a 42 year old driver, Wahab Lawal ended on a very tragic note as he is being remanded in prison custody for stabbing his 38-year-old estranged wife to death with a knife in Oyingbo area in Lagos state.
The incident occurred when the woman, Bola, paid him a visit that resulted in an altercation.
Mr Lawal was arraigned before Magistrate’s court sitting in Ebute Meta, Lagos State.
Punch reports :
The police said the incident happened along the Palace Road, Otto, Oyingbo area of the state around 10.45pm while the couple were together.
The Lawals were said to have been separated due to some unresolved issues in their marriage.
It was while on a visit to Bola that there was a disagreement between the duo, which sparked a hot exchange.
The police said Wahab, in fit of rage, stabbed his 38-year-old wife with a knife, which led to her death.
However, in a remand application brought before the court, the defendant did not make any confessional statement to the offence and was not arrested with any weapon.
The Investigating Police Officer told the court that the prosecution would only be relying on some witnesses, adding that there was need for further investigation into the matter.
The one-count-murder charge reads, “That you, Wahab Lawal, on March 26, 2014, at about 10.45pm, along Palace Road, Otto, Oyingbo, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Bola Lawal, aged 38 years, by stabbing her with a knife on her cheek and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The defendant’s plea was not taken.
The police prosecutor, Adams Cousin, appealed to the court to put Wahab in prison, pending the completion of police investigation and the release of legal advice from the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
“Our application is pursuant to Section 264(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011. We will duplicate the case file for the DPP’s legal advice,” he said.
The Magistrate, K.O. Ogundare, upheld the application.