Lagos - Babalola Rotimi Junior, 24, had
been remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons for the alleged murder of his father
and stabbing his mother into a state of unconsciousness.
Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams of an Ebute Meta Chief
Magistrates’ Court gave the order when the appeared before her on a
two-count charge of murder and attempted murder with knives.
The magistrate said the accused should be remanded pending
the receipt of legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public
Rotimi’s plea on the first count of murder was, however, not
taken as the court lacked the jurisdiction to try such matters.
He, however pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted murder and was
granted a bail of N500,000 with two responsible sureties both of whom must be
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Hafsat Ajibodu, had told the court that the
accused committed the offences on Dec. 4 at about 11. 30 a.m., at No. 11,
Ibitayo St., Magodo GRA, Phase 2 in Lagos State.
She alleged that the accused had stabbed his father,
Babalola Rotimi, 59, to death with a kitchen knife .
The accused was also alleged to have stabbed his mother,
Adijat Babalola, who is presently battling with her life in an
undisclosed hospital with another knife.
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“My father wanted to use charms to make me rich, I don’t
know why he would want to do that to me despite being a practising
“My parents would lock me up and send thugs to beat me up, I stabbed them out
of frustration and because he would not give me money for my upkeep.
“I went to shoprite to purchase two knives to defend myself
and to gain my freedom because I was always locked up in my room,” Rotimi
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened
Sections 221 and 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the accused, a
deportee from Ireland, showed no sign of remorse and claimed his father
deserved what he dished to him while in court.
NAN also reports that Section 221 prescribes a death
sentence for offenders.
The court adjourned the case till Jan. 23, 2017 pending the receipt of legal
advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).