The accused allegedly murdered his wife in his Lagos residence.
Bolanle Arowolo, mother of a man who is accused of murdering his wife, told an Ikeja High court, Tuesday, that her son “is not that kind of child.”
Toyin Arowolo, 31, is accused of stabbing his banker wife, Titilayo Omozoje, to death in 2011.
The deceased had over 76 stab wounds on her body, according to the autopsy report.
“Akolade, from his childhood till the day he got married when he stopped staying with me, was well behaved, had the fear of God and was never violent,” said Mrs. Arowolo.
“I know his behaviour well enough and he has been a pastor at age 12. Though I don’t know what killed her (Titilayo) but I will disagree with anybody who tells me that my son killed her because he is not that kind of a child,” the 50 year old added.
While testifying before an Ikeja High court, Mrs. Arowolo described the late Titilayo as troublesome and rude, earning her the nickname ‘Thatcher’.
The case of the step mum
Mudashiru Arowolo, the accused person’s father, testifying last November, blamed the deceased’s step mother, Adetoun Oyakhire, for the couple’s incessant marital discord.
Being led in evidence by Olanrewaju Ajanaku, the defence lawyer, Mrs. Arowolo reiterated her husband’s position.
“A misunderstanding ensued between the couple when it was discovered that Titilayo aborted a pregnancy on the orders of Adetoun without my son’s knowledge,” Mrs. Arowolo, a Deaconess at Foursquare Gospel Church, said.
Mrs. Arowolo further said that the news of the deceased’s lifeless body discovered in her son’s apartment was a “shocker.”
“The news that Titilayo was in that apartment was shocking because she had long moved to her father’s residence after issues relating to an abortion she had without her husband’s consent cropped up,” said Mrs. Arowolo.
“On June 25, 2011, I was at my son’s apartment and when it was discovered that Titilayo was found dead in the apartment, I fainted and just woke up inside a vehicle while they were taking me for medical care,” she added.
Mrs. Arowolo said that she met the deceased in June 2007 after her son brought her home and described their wedlock as “accidental.”
“Akolade brought her home and described her to me as his school mate at the post-graduate school where he was undergoing a master’s degree.
“I didn’t see her (Titilayo) again until July 2008 when Akolade brought her home again that she was pregnant for him.
“Both of them appealed to me and I and my husband (Mudashiru) went to see the deceased parents after two weeks. But surprisingly, after one month, my son suddenly brought wedding invitation cards saying he had fixed a date after consulting with the deceased’s family,” Mrs. Arowolo said.
While cross-examining the witness, Olabisi Ogungbesan, the prosecution counsel, stated that the accused person’s infidelity caused the frequent fights in the couple’s home.
Mrs. Arowolo said that she was not aware of such claims.
The witness also denied knowledge of the claims that her son’s proposal to marry another lady at the church the couple attends, earned him a suspension at the church as well as deepening the rift in the marriage.
“I saw Akolade five days after in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Musiliu Smith Street, Yaba. I met him in a very bad state and he couldn’t even utter a word and speak with me.
“He had deep cuts on his palm while he also sustained wounds on his arm, navel region, and some other body parts and the police said they were taking him to hospital for medical treatment,” said Mrs. Arowolo.
When questioned about the sale of the accused person’s Honda Accord car, which had been marked exhibit P61; Mrs. Arowolo said that it was to raise money to treat the injuries he son sustained after the incident.
Lateefat Okunnu, the trial judge, adjourned the matter till January 29.
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