The Lagos State Government yesterday said it will soon arraign Mrs Udeme Odibi, 47, who allegedly stabbed her husband to death and severed his genital in Lekki area of Lagos, at the State High Court for murder.
Otike Odibi, 50, was murdered at Diamond Estate, Sango-Tedo area of Lekki by his wife in a gruesome manner.
The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos , said government was concerned about increasing cases of intimate partner violence in the state, leading to murder.
Kazeem said the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, issued legal advice on the matter, stating that the available facts established a prima facie case of murder contrary to section 223 punishable by death and misconduct with regard to a corpse contrary to section 165 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 punishable with five year’s imprisonment against the suspected Udeme.
“Section 165 (b) particularly creates an offence of felony for cutting up or mutilating a human corpse just as we have in the deceased person. Facts available in file reveal that the suspect, subsequent to her stabbing her husband, mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals, The suspect is therefore to stand trial before the High Court of Lagos for the murder of her husband and mutilation of his corpse.
“The trial of Udeme Odibi will commence as soon as the case is assigned to a court by the Chief Judge. This office will ensure expeditious trial of this matter,” he said.
Kazeem expressed dismay at the rising rate of domestic violence in the state, saying that only last month, a Danish national allegedly killed his wife and child in Lagos.
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