The police on Monday arraigned 22-year-old Togolese cook, Sunday Anani, for the murder of the Chairman of Credit Switch Technology, Chief Ope Bademosi.
The cook reportedly stabbed his boss with a knife at his Parkview Estate residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, three days after Anani was employed.
It was alleged that the suspect fled the home with some valuables belonging to his deceased boss after committing the crime.
The father of four, Bademosi, was reportedly found in a pool of blood by his wife.
Anani, who denied involvement in the murder, claimed that he and the victim were attacked by robbers, who demanded money from his boss.
He claimed that when the assailants were not satisfied with what they got, they killed the businessman.
However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Sunday, said Anani single-handedly stabbed his boss to death with a kitchen knife while attempting to rob him.
Oti stated that the 22-year-old suspect, who took advantage of his boss wife’s absence from home, broke into Bademosi’s bedroom to perpetrate the crime.
Anani was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on one count of murder on Monday.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the charge, the offence is contrary to Section 222 and punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The Police Prosecutor, Mr J. I. Eboseremene, told the court that he had an application to remand the suspect in prison custody under sections 115 and 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2015.
“We pray the court that the defendant should be remanded in prison custody for the first instance of 30 days,” he stated.
Responding to the application, the defendant’s counsel, Jamiu Alapo, who said he was not objecting to the remand of the suspect, informed the court that Anani does not understand English language, but could only communicate in Pidgin English.
The presiding magistrate, O. O. Oshin, in her ruling, held that there was nothing to reply to on the remand application.
“In view of the remand application of the prosecution, the defendant is remanded in prison custody in the first instance for 30 days under sections 115 and 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2015, pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
The case was adjourned till December 18 for the DPP’s advice.
After the court sitting, Anani, who was in handcuffs, wept, while his counsel was speaking with him.