The trial of a Lagos State-based female lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi who allegedly stabbed her husband, Symphorosa Otike-Odibi to death on May 3, 2018, has commenced after the state government decided to continue with the case.
The suspect was arraigned before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere area of the state following the incident where she allegedly stabbed her husband in the night, cut off his genitals and also attempted to commit suicide.
Udeme was first arraigned sometimes in June on a two-count charge of murder and misconduct with regard to a corpse at their residence at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki.
At the commencement of the trial, the first prosecution witness, Stanley Grange-Koko, a friend of the deceased, told the court that he got a distress call from the sister of the deceased, Anwuli Akwukwuma, urging him to check on her brother because she learned his wife was threatening him with a knife.
“When I got to their house, there was no response at the gate and no noise from their house, so I went back to my house,” Grange-Koko began in his evidence in chief.
The witness told the court that he had to go back to the house when he received another call from Akwukwuma, saying that she was told her brother had been stabbed and that he should help break down the door to the house as she was on her way to the estate.
Continuing, Grange-Koko said:
“When we broke down the door, I didn’t see anybody but when I checked the bathroom, I saw blood everywhere and I traced the blood to the bedroom door but it was locked.
With the help of security men, we broke down the door and I saw the defendant and her husband on the bed in a pool of blood.
The defendants head was dangling off the bed and her husband’s intestines were outside. I ran out of the room and met Anwuli at the door. I tried stopping her from going in but she insisted and went in.”
Grange-Koko’s testimony was corroborated by Akwukwuma when she mounted the witness box.
“When I got to the house, they had broken down the front door and I could hear them breaking down the bedroom door. They tried to stop me from going into the bedroom but I told them I had to see him.
I saw my brother already cold and stiff and after preliminary examinations, I concluded he couldn’t have been dead lesser than four hours ago. His intestines were out and he was holding something in his right hand, there was blood on the floor and walls.
I checked on Udeme and realised she is still breathing but her pulse was weak, so I called them to take her to the hospital, I couldn’t do a proper examination on her.
A policeman asked me if I was sure they lived alone and I said yes. Then he asked if I realised that his genitals were cut off and that was when it dawned on me that what I noticed he was holding in his right hand was his genitals.”
A junior brother to the deceased, Andrew Otike-Odibi, who also testified during the proceeding, confirmed what others before him had said.
The case has been adjourned till October 10 for further hearing while the offences against the lawyer were said to have contravened Sections 165 (b) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.