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Lawyer accused of killing husband inflicted injury on self – Witness

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A witness, Booyemi Oyeneyin, in the trial of a 48-year-old female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, charged with stabbing her husband (Symphorosa) to death, says he suspects the wounds on the defendant were self-inflicted.

Ms Udeme, was on June 13, arraigned by Lagos State Government on two counts of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse, in an Igbosere High Court in Lagos.

She pleaded not guilty and was remanded at Kirikiri prison.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Mr Oyeneyin of Safeway Hospital at Sangotedo, Ajah, said that the defendant was brought to his hospital at 7.30 a.m. on May 3 by some men who claimed to be her neighbours.

Mr Oyeneyin, the seventh witness in the trial, was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution.

“On examining the defendant, I saw that she had six stab wounds on her abdomen, one on her thigh and a cut on her right finger.

“Her respiration was normal and the wounds were not deep but superficial.

“A test was conducted to check her blood level and to see if there was any internal bleeding, also an abdominal scan was carried out and the results were okay, there was no injury to her internal organs.

“She was stable, I was curious that she sustained such injuries without any injury to the internal organs.

“My suspicion was that the wounds might have been self-inflicted.’’

During cross-examination by the defence counsel, Oluseye Bamijoko, the doctor said that he was not a forensic expert to determine a self-inflicted wound.

Another witness, Shokunle Soyemi, an anatomical pathologist, said he conducted an autopsy on the late Symphorosa Otike-Odibi.

Mr Soyemi said during the external examination of the body, there was wound on the abdomen, an incised injury at the left finger, an injury at the groin area and a sutured injury on his manhood.

He said after external examination, the body was opened up and there was a lot of blood at the abdominal cavity.
“We saw a destruction of the mesentery vessel (organs that holds the intestines).

“After all the examination, it was discovered that the man lost 3.5 litres of blood from the injuries, death was ascribed to the destruction of the mesentery vessel and massive loss of blood,” Mr Soyemi said.

During cross-examination, the pathologist said embalming could not destroy evidence.

Another witness, Joy Akpan, narrated how she got to the crime scene.

She narrated what she saw and the exhibits recovered at the crime scene.

After listening to the witnesses, the judge, Adedayo Akintoye, adjourned the case until January 23, 2019.

The prosecutor had during arraignment told the court that Mrs Udeme committed the offences on May 3, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.

He said that Mrs Udeme stabbed her husband and mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals.

The offences contravened Sections 165 (b) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 165 (b) provides five years imprisonment while Section 223 is punishable by death. (NAN)

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Governor Okorocha, wife carted away 67 vehicles – Imo task force alleges

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Chairman of the Imo State Task Force on Recovery of Government Assets, Jasper Ndubuaku, has alleged that the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha and members of his family carted away 67 vehicles belonging to the state.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday June 26th, Ndubuaku said that Okorocha’s ADC took away five vehicles while his driver went home with one Prado Jeep.  He lamented that other goods carted away from government house, ministries and parastatals included generating sets, chairs, television sets, kitchen utensils, buddings and cutleries all valued at over N50 billion

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Giving a breakdown of what was allegedly taken by the outgone administration, Ndubuaku said that the 27 local government chairmen, all the 30 commissioners and special advisers went away with government property. 

He alleged that the former governor went home with all functional vehicles in Government House including bullet proof cars, back-up cars and outriders motorcycles, while his wife went home with one bullet proof vehicle. Ndubuaku said that all the 27 payloaders for construction and 27 graders bought by the Ikedi Ohakim administration were carted away by the Okorocha administration. The chairman expressed shock and alleged that it was one of Okorocha’s sisters, who got the contract to equip each of the offices at N5 million each, all the offices were stripped bare.

Ndubuaku said

“The looting spree was unprecedented. It was as if government never existed as all paraphernalia of government were carted away. Even the 150 transformers bought by Okorocha for electioneering stunt all disappeared to thin air.” “Some of them told us that the cars were accidented somewhere in Abuja and Jos and we have told them to take us there.”

He said that all the alleged looted property and their custodians have been identified, stressing that the essence of the briefing was to warn them to bring the property back before members of the task force swoop on them. He said that if the advice were not heeded, government would have no option but go to their houses and take anything insight, including criminalising their action and prosecuting them accordingly.

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I spent only N1.2bn on funerals not N2.3bn – Bauchi ex-gov, Mohammed Abubakar tells successor Bala Mohammed

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Former governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, has denied claims he spent N2.3 billion to organise funerals for some of the indigenes of the state. The former governor said he only spent N1.2 billion on funeral materials and not N2.3 billion as alleged. Abubakar said this in a statement released by his media aide, Mukhtar Jibril.

The former governor was reacting to claims made by his successor, Bala Mohammed, that he spent N2.3 billion on funeral materials in five months.

Abubakar in a statement said the purchase for the Funeral materials passed through “due process” and awarded to qualified contractors.

“In response to media reports on the issue of mahogany and shrouds procured for burials, we want to state that this is a practice inherited by the government of Abubakar from its predecessors. Considering its significance and impact on the people, especially the bereaved, it decided to continue with it.

“However, the project, like any other of the same magnitude, was awarded to qualified contractors. Based on the available verifiable record, N1,270,743,520 had been expended since its inception and not the exaggerated figure of N2.3 billion mischievously posted on the social media by critics. We urge the good people of the state to disregard this insinuation as an act of desperation by elements of retrogression.

Besides, every contract awarded was subjected to the scrutiny and appraisal of the due process agency in accordance with public procurement law, contract agreement, payment of tax due on such contracts and other requirements”.

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Graduates who skip NYSC can contest for governorship- Court rules

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A High Court in Abuja has ruled that graduates who did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme are qualified to run for governorship election.

Justice M.A Mohammed gave the ruling in a pre-election suit filed by Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, challenging the elegibility of Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, contesting the state governorship election. Abiodun in his CFOO1 form submitted to INEC last year, indicated he did not have NYSC discharge certificate. Abiodun did not participate in the compulsory NYSC program, even though he finished his first degree in 1986.

Anisulowo had asked the court to disqualify Abiodun as the APC governorship candidate since he failed to participate in the mandatory NYSC scheme. 

At the hearing of the case yesterday June 26th, Wale Ajayi, the governor’s counsel, requested that the court set aside the case, since it was never stated that the participation in the NYSC scheme was a criterion to hold public office.

Delivering judgement, Justice Mohammed held that the NYSC Act does not make provision for the disqualification of a candidate who failed to participate in its scheme. He said that a candidate can only be disqualified under Section 177 of the constitution which states that “a person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if:

(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
(b) he has attained the age of thirty-five years;
(c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and
(d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

He dismissed the case afterwards.

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