Terribly sad: Used clothes trader on trial for killing her customer over N100

Law court rape

by Akan Ido

Antonia Afolabi, a 25-year-old woman was yesterday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate’s Court for allegedly killing a man over N100.

Godwin Anyanwu, the prosecuting Inspector said the offence was committed on January 14 at BoundaryMarket, Ajegunle around 8pm.

He reportedly said Afolabi, who sells second-hand clothes, conspired with another person whose whereabouts are unknown, to kill Emeka Ibekwe.

“The deceased bought two T-shirts from the defendant and when one of the shirts did not size him, he returned it. Instead of refunding his money, the defendant asked him to go and come back for another T-shirt but this did not go down well with the deceased. Disagreeing with the defendant’s offer, the deceased decided to take a short instead but Mrs. Afolabi insisted that the deceased must give her N100 to take the short,” Anyanwu said.

“The duo started arguing over the N100 and a struggle ensued. The defendant at this point, called her relations who were in the market and they gathered to beat up the deceased. One of her relations, at large picked a plank and hit the deceased on his head, leading to his death,” he added.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 231 and 221 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

The Magistrate M. A. Ladipo ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison, adding that the case file should be duplicated to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

She adjourned the case till March 6.

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