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‘Okada’ rider to die for selling female NYSC member to ritualists

by ‘Jola Sotubo

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A commercial motorcyclist aka” Okada rider” in Ekiti has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of playing a part in the disappearance of a National Youth Service Corps member.

26‑year-old Theophilus Pius was sentenced to die by hanging due to the case of missing corps member, Anthonia Okeke.

The sentence was handed down by a high court in Ikere Ekiti. Miss Okeke was serving in Ilawe Ekiti before she disappeared.

Vanguard reports:

In the case that lasted six years, the judge equally sentenced Pius to 10 years imprisonment for kidnapping Anthonia, which ultimately led to her death in the hands of ritualists.

Anthonia, a Chemical Engineering graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, who lost her father, Pa Raphael Okeke, to stroke last month, owing to the circumstances of her disappearance, was kidnapped in Ilawe Ekiti in Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of Ekiti State on December 19, 2008 by Pius and his gang during his service year.

The late corps member is from Umuno Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government of Enugu State.

Delivering his judgment, yesterday, Justice Adeleye said he found the evidence adduced by the Director of Public Prosecution from the state Ministry of Justice, Mr Adeleye Familoni, against Pius as having probative value and reliable enough to convince him that the accused person was guilty of the case.

He said: “I want to submit that the prosecution counsel has been able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt. He has been able to establish that the defendant is culpable and no criminal shall go unpunished in the face of law.”

Justice Adeleye, therefore, ruled that Pius should die by hanging, having found him guilty of murder, even as Pius is to serve 10 years jail term for his complicity in the kidnap of the late corps member.

Commenting on the judgment, Anthonia’s elder brother, Mr Obinna Okeke, said the judgment had proved that those with criminal intentions cannot have their way as long as the government is determined to apply the relevant laws against them in a diligent manner.

He thanked the state Ministry of Justice, the police, human rights groups and the NYSC for their doggedness in the pursuit of the case.

Also, the state DPP, Mr Familoni, in his comment hailed the judgment,saying it was a victory against evil doers and those who are desirous of making money through fraudulent means

He added that the ministry will continue to help the society in tightening noose against those with criminal tendencies in the state.

 

Banker-wife killer: Arowolo’s 32-month journey to the hangman’s noose [DETAILS]

by ‘Jola Sotubo

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The entire nation was thrown into shock when the news emerged in 2011 of a man in Lagos who had brutally murdered his banker wife.

Akolade Arowolo stabbed Titilayo, the mother of his then 2-year-old child, 76 times puncturing her vital organs with the knife going straight through her heart.

The 32-year-old self acclaimed pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was yesterday sentenced to death by Justice Lateefat Okunnu at a Lagos High Court.

The case held the nation riveted especially since Akolade stuck with his tale of how his wife had stabbed herself and caused her own death.

When the judgment was delivered, Akolade is said to have cried out and called upon the spirit of his late wife to come to his aid and prove his innocence.

Justice Okunnu in delivering the judgment criticized the convict’s parents for lying and said that they damaged their son’s case instead of helping it.

Here is a timeline of the case from the day of the murder to the day of sentencing:

24 June 2011 – Titilayo Arowolo is found stabbed to death at the couple’s residence on Number 8, Akinseinde Street, Isolo, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

25 June 2011- Akolade Arowolo is arrested at about 11pm by the police attached to the Aswani Division in Lagos after he returned to his home at the address above.

July 7, 2011: Akolade Arowolo is arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court for the murder of his wife, Titilayo.

 

December 21, 2011: The case is transferred to the Ikeja High Court and the accused is arraigned before Justice Lateefat Okunnu. He pleads not guilty to the one-count charge of murder preferred against him. The court remands him at Ikoyi Prison, Lagos. The case is adjourned till January 17, 2013 for trial.

February 7, 2012: The father of the deceased and her sister testify that the marriage between Titilayo and Akolade was characterized by violence and abuse.The court adjourns the trial till February 20, 2012.

February 20, 2012: The security guard at the Arowolos’ residence, one Saidu Husseni,  testifies that he saw Akolade washing blood from his hands while ordering him to hurriedly open the gate of the house.

June 27, 2012: The accused, Mr. Arowolo, slumps in the dock during trial. He is revived by prison officials and immediately taken outside the court room to take his drugs.

October 15, 2012: A consultant pathologist, John Obafunwa, tells the court that Titilayo’s body was inflicted with 76 stab wounds. Mr. Obafunwa, the Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, says he conducted both external and internal examination of the body of the deceased during the autopsy. According to him, the final result of the autopsy revealed that the death was caused by multiple injuries in the chest and abdomen due to multiple sharp wounds and long force trauma.

November 29, 2012: Akolade’s father,  Mudasiru Arowolo, testifies that his son did not kill Titilayo and that the troubles which plagued the marriage were due to the interference of the family members of the deceased.

 

January 22, 2013: Akolade’s mother also claims that her son couldn’t have killed Titilayo and states that the deceased was rude and troublesome, earning her the nickname, “Margaret Thatcher”.

March 28, 2013: Mr. Arowolo enters the witness box and begins the narration of his own side of the story. He tells the court that he got married to Titilayo on August 8, 2008 and the family was blessed with a baby girl few months after the marriage. According to him, ego and immaturity caused several problems between him and his wife and deprived them of marital bliss. The court adjourns the trial till May 22, 2013.

May 22, 2013: The accused continues his testimony, telling the court that he did not murder Titilayo. Mr. Arowolo says his in-laws were responsible for the trouble in his marriage to their daughter. He claims Titilayo died after accidentally falling on a knife she was using to stab him during a quarrel on the day of the incident which was his birthday.

February 21, 2014: Justice Okunnu finds Akolade Arowolo guilty of murder and sentences him to death.

10 things you SHOULD know about the Arowolo murder case in Lagos (READ)

by ‘Jola Sotubo

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Akolade Arowolo was yesterday sentenced to death for the June 24, 2011 murder of his wife Titilayo, a banker.

The case was a particularly notorious one because of the manner in which the young Mrs. Arowolo, then 29-years-old, had her life cruelly snuffed out.

Mr. Arowolo maintained his innocence when arrested, throughout the trial and even after his conviction and sentencing.

Here are 10 things you should know about the infamous Arowolo murder:

1, Akolade Arowolo murdered his wife Titilayo on June 24, 2011 in Isolo, Lagos and was arrested the next day by the police.

2, The couple have daughter together, named Olamide, who was 2-years-old at the time of her mother’s killing.

3, Titilayo was a banker with Skye bank and her colleagues said that she came to work with bruises many times.

4, John Obafunwa, the pathologist who testified in the case, said that the deceased was stabbed 76 times with a sharp object and her vital organs were punctured.

5, Akolade insisted that his wife had killed herself after stabbing him also and he also testified that she fell on a knife while attacking him.

6,The convict also lamented that he never intended to marry Titilayo but that she had  gotten pregnant and her family had pressured him into the union.

7, The murder was carried out with so much violence that witnesses claim that her eyes were gouged out and a vital organ was found on the floor.

8, Akolade’s parents, Mudashiru and Bolanle, claimed during trial  that their son was innocent and that Titilayo, nicknamed “Margaret Thatcher”,  and her family members were trouble makers.

9, Akolade was sentenced to death by Justice Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos high court after which he screamed for his wife’s spirit to arise and vindicate him

10, George Oyakhire, the father of the deceased said in response to the judgment that he had no cause to rejoice because the sentence of Akolade meant he was losing a son as well.