A Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba, today remanded 48 years old lady lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi in Kirikiri prisons over the alleged murder of her husband, Sym Otike- Odibi.
Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye while remanding the defendant, ordered the Comptroller of Prisons to allow doctor to see her.
Ayeye also directed the Comptroller of Prison to give the accused access to her lawyer so that she can see her privately without any interference of the prison officers.
The Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Effiong Asuquo, of the State Criminal Intelligence Department, Panti (SCIID), told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 3, 2018 at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki.
The Police alleged that the defendant stabbed her husband, Otike, with a knife, spilling his intestines before proceeding to cut off his genitals.
He also said that the defendant tried to commit suicide by inflicting injuries on herself before she was rescued and rushed to the hospital. Asuquo urged the court to remand the defendant in prison for the next 30 days, adding that the case file had been duplicated and sent to the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to obtain legal advice.
He said we have an application for remand, brought pursuant to section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2015.
The remand request reads, “The Court is informed that there is probable cause to order the remand of Udeme Otike Odibi of Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki Lagos, in prison custody: who is reasonable suspected to have committed the offence of murder having on May 3, 2018, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki Lagos, killed her husband, one Sym Otike Odibi, within the jurisdiction of this court.”
“He said that the remand request was on the grounds that the defendant on May 3, 2018, stabbed her husband to death and also use the same knife she used to kill him to cut off the deceased’s genitals.”
“ That the deceased Sym Otike Odibi and the defendant were husband and wife and have been married three years ago, that the deceased and the defendant lives at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos. That on or about early hours of Thursday May 3, 2018, the deceased and the defendant while in their house had a domestic misunderstanding and in the course of the domestic misunderstanding the defendant used a sharp kitchen knife to stab the deceased on the belly to the extent that the deceased’s intestines came out.”
Asuquo said, “The matter has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecution DPP, for legal advice and that that is why we are asking for the first 30 days.”
The counsel to the defendant Oluseye Bamijoko told the court that he would not be opposing the remand request but that the defendant should be remanded at the Ikoyi prisons, instead of Kirikiri prison as she has Thyroid Inflammation disease that requires the attention of neurologists and endocrinologists, Thyroid Specialist.
Bamijoko said she is currently undergoing psychiatric and private evaluation, “I urge the court to remand her at Ikoyi prison since the specialists attending to her are within Ikoyi/Victoria Island axis.”
He also told the court that the defendant is currently undergoing psychiatric and private evaluation.
But the Chief Magistrate, Ayeye, refused the request of the defence counsel and ordered the remand of the defendant in Kirikiri prison. Ayeye ruled that Ikoyi prison does not have facilities for female inmates, so the defendant should be remanded at Kirikiri Prison.
“Being at Kirikiri does not stop the specialists and endocrinologists from visiting and it’s sad that the Ikoyi Prison lacks facilities for the female gender,’’ Ayeye said.
She, however, ordered the Prisons Comptroller to give privacy when interacting with her counsel or family members without the interruption of a third party (the presence of prison warders).
The Chief Magistrate also said that the burial of the deceased, which was scheduled to hold today, (Thursday), should not be put on hold.
“The deceased body can always be exhumed, whenever there is a need to carry out an examination on the body, because in this part of the word, it will look most unfair that the deceased’s burial is being suspended”.
Bamjoko, had asked that the burial right of the deceased should be suspended, so that they can also carry out an autopsy on the body as he fears that the autopsy result might be tampered with.
Consequently Ayeye adjourned the case till June 25 for mention.