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News - February 24, 2017

Man to be hanged for Killing Wife

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A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced one Sulaiman Olalekan to death by hanging for the murder of his wife, Mrs. Chika Egbo in November 20, 2012 in a case of domestic violence.

Olalekan, on the fateful day, had poured acid on his Wife, having become overwhelmed by the fact that the deceased went back to prostitution against his best advice.

Trial judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, in his judgment, convicted Olalekan for the murder of his wife and sentenced him to death accordingly.

After the sad incidenct which resulted in the eventual death of the victim, Chika, and in line with the zero tolerance posture of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration on issues of domestic violence, the Lagos State Government through the state Ministry of Justice had taken over the prosecution of the case and filed necessary processes in court.

The victim was admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for emergency medical treatment, where she eventually died.

Justice Akapo, in arriving at his judgment, said he believed that the murder of Chika Egbo by Olalekan was premeditated.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who was the lead prosecuting counsel, in his reaction to the judgment, thanked the Court for a well-considered punishment.

He said: “Today’s judgment is a victory in our fight against domestic violence and a victory for domestic violence victims.” (Adapted from a Thisday report)

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