Court Remands Two Men Over Alleged Rape, Murder Of Maersk MD’s Wife

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, yesterday remanded, two men Olamilekan (Goke) Oke 33 and Akande Adeyinka 27, at the Ikoyi correctional center, over alleged rape and murder of one Bernadette Tohouo- Tohouo 44, the Hungarian wife of a Cameroonian, Gildas Tohouo-Tohouo, the managing director of Maersk Nigeria Limited.

The duo who were identified as cousins reside at 22 Elepe street, Ikorodu and 12 Odunlami Street Shomolu respectively, were arraigned before Justice Modupe Nico- Clay.

The defendants are charged with eight-count charges bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, unlawful assault, robbery, armed robbery, and rape, preferred against them by Lagos state government.

The prosecuting lawyer alleged that the defendant committed the offense on December 8, 2019, around 7:30pm, at flat 7A, No 1, Lugard Avenue Ikoyi Lagos.

He alleged that they 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 added that the defendants whilst armed with a knife and dagger robbed one Gildas Tohouo –Tohouo and Bernadette Tohouo- Tohouo, of several properties including foreign currencies in different denominations. Others are two iPhones, two bottles of wine, two wedding rings, and one engagement ring.

The prosecutor said, the offenses committed are contrary to and punishable under Sections 233, 230, 173, 299, 297 (2) (a) 411, of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria 2015.

However, the defendants 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.

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