A lawyer, Mrs. Yewande Oyeniran who allgedly stabbed her husband, Mr. Lowo Oyeniran to death on Tuesday 2 February, 2016 in their matrimonial home was arraigned Friday before Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court, Iyaganku, Oyo State, western Nigeria.
The prosecuting police officer, Inspector Amos Adewale, preferred one-count charge against the suspect, who pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, in the case marked: MI/1539/2016, revealed that Yewande on 2 February, 2016 “at about 06:10am at 30, Abidi Odan Akobo area, Ibadan in the Ibadan Magisterial District, did unlawfully cause the death of one Oyelowo Oyediran, 38, by stabbing him with knife on the neck, which later resulted in his death.”
He added that the accused person had committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
In his ruling, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Kehinde Durosaro-Tijani, who adjourned the case till Tuesday, 16 February, 2016 for mention ordered the accused to be remanded in Agodi Prisons.
Earlier during the ruling, the lead counsel, Mr. Seun Abimbola, had applied that the suspect be remanded in police custody so as to be able to reduce the trauma she has been going through as a result of the incident.
The request was summarilyy turned down.
Abimbola pressed further that he would bring written application for the request to the court.
But the court said it did not have jurisdiction to entertain such application based on the nature of the case.
However, journalists who had waited by the Black Maria that was to convey the suspect to Agodi Prison to take her picture were disappointed as the suspect was smuggled out of the court in a blue Primera Nissan car purportedly owned by a lawyer.
Other accused persons were taken to the prison custody in the Black Maria.
While waiting for Yewande to enter the Black Maria, some officials of the Nigerian Prisons Service threatened to attack the journalists and break their cameras if they take the picture of the suspect.
When leaving the court room, Yewande was led downstairs through the staircases in the dock, which prevented journalists from taking her picture. She was led through Court Five into the blue Nissan Primera car probably to shield her from the waiting cameras of the journalists.
A legal practitioner, Mr. Sina Olaniyan, described the accused as somebody that has high regards for due process of the law and of good character, adding, “But this is a test for the judiciary. It is going to be a test for the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as whole. Members of the public are watching to see where the pendulum of justice will swing. She is till presumed innocent until she is proved otherwise.”
Another legal practitioner, Mr. Adeleke Bakare, described Yewande as a very amiable and gentle person, and dedicated to her job.
“She is somebody who fights against crime and she is always here, doing her job as a prosecutor, diligently. The person I have known that always discouraged crime has now been involved in a crime and it is a crime we can describe as of highest magnitude, which has highest punishment known to the law. Honestly, I am surprised.”
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