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Arowolo sentenced to death for wife's murder

21 February 2014, 16:00

Lagos - A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a church leader, Akolade Arowolo, to death over the murder of his banker wife, Titilayo Omozeje.

Arowolo, who is a youth pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Gbagada Parish, Lagos, has been on trial in the court since 2012 over the murder of Titilayo, a Skye Bank Staff, in June 2011 at their Lagos.

Relying mainly on a forensic report conducted by Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, a pathologist, the court held that there was no way the deceased could have stabbed her self to death.

Justice Okunu held that by the law principle of 'Last Seen' since Arowolo was the only person with his wife when she was stabbed, no one but him could have killed her.

Upholding prosecution's case, justice Okunu held evidence proved beyond doubt that Arowolo gruesomely murdered his wife with tremendous knife stab force.

Justice Okunu held in her over four hours judgment that evidence before the court proved that Arowolo actual murdered his wife in the matrimonial home.

Immediately after the judgment, Arowolo fell on the dock and started shouting 'Jesus Have Mercy.'

Ironically, Arowolo was sentenced to death on Friday, four years to the week he killed his wife.

Arowolo was led into the courtroom at 9:30am by prison officials. His countenance portrays someone who has come to terms with whatever fate would befall him.
He wore a white short sleeve shirt and black trousers. Moments after he entered the courtroom, Arowolo immediately knelt down and prayed for about
15 minutes.
He thereafter started reading the bible until the court began sitting at about 9:45am local time.

Arowolo was formally charged with his wife's murder in July 2011 before the Yaba Magistrates Court.

The matter was  later transferred to the Ikeja High Court following advice by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (PDP). A total of 21 witnesses gave evidence in the case that lasted for 26 months.

 - CAJ News


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