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Justice Modupe Nico- Clay of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere Wednesday remanded, two cousins Olamilekan (Goke) Oke 33, and Akande Adeyinka ,27, at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre .

They were remanded for allegedly
attacking the Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria, Gildas Tohouo, and stabbing his wife, Bernadett, to death at the couple’s residence on No. 1 Luggard Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The defendants who resides at 22 Elepe street, Ikorodu, and 12 Odunlami Street Shomolu respectively, were docked on a eight – count charge, bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, unlawful assault, robbery, armed robbery and rape, preferred against them by Lagos state government.

Justice Nico- Clay, remanded the defendants after they had taken their plea.

The prosecuting counsel was led by Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo( SAN), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP,) Mrs Adeyinka Adeyemi.

The prosecution told the court that the defendants conspired to commit the alleged offences on December 8, 2019.

Onigbanjo said that the alleged crime was committed at about 7:30pm, at flat 7A, No 1, Lugard Avenue Ikoyi Lagos.

The charge revealed that: “Olamileka (Goke ) Oke , on December 8, 2019, at about 7: 30pm, unlawfully had sexual intercourse with one Bernadetta Tohouo- Tohouo aged 44”.

The prosecutor further told the court that the defendants unlawfully killed one Bernadetta Tohouo- Tohouo by suffocating her to death with a small pillow.

Onigbanjo SAN, said that the duo attempted to unlawfully kill one Gildas Tohouo-Tohouo, by stabbing him severally on the neck, head and back with a knife and dagger.

He said that the defendants unlawfully assaulted Gildas Tohouo-Tohouo and caused him harm, by beating him severally with hammer on his head.

Onigbanjo told the court that the defendants whilst armed with a knife and dagger robbed Gildas Tohouo –Tohouo and Bernadette Tohouo- Tohouo, of several properties including foreign currencies in different denominations.
Others items stolen are two iphones, two bottles of wine, two wedding rings and one engagement ring.

However the defendants who are electrical technician and printer respectively, pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.

The first defendant was represented by a counsel A.O. Odusanya, from the Office of the Public Defender OPD, while Mrs L.Y. Salau and I. T. Akingbade, from Legal Aid Council LAC, appeared for the second defendant.

Onigbanjo, however, urged the court for a date to commence trial.
Consequently Justice Nico- Clay, adjourned the case till June 30, for trial.

About the Author
Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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