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Man arraigned for allegedly killing four-year-old son

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A middleaged man, Elvis Enegbeta Chris, was yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja for killing his four-year-old child. Photo/Postcrescent

For allegedly murdering his four-year-old child, a middleaged man, Elvis Enegbeta Chris, was yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja. He was arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi on one count charge of murder brought against him by the state government. 
 
The state alleged that the defendant (Chris) who hails from Edo State killed his four-year-old son by using a hot pressing iron and thereafter covered up the incident by depositing the body in a drum. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The state prosecutor, M.T. Adewoye, informed the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence sometime in July 2015 at Meiran, Ojokoro area, Lagos.

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Adewoye said Elvis killed his four-year-old son at his residence by using a hot pressing iron on his body and thereafter dumped the body inside a plastic drum in bid to cover up the act. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Meanwhile, a counsel representing the office of the public defendant (OPD), E.B Obogwu, who had earlier stood in for the defendant, however, applied to the court to withdraw his appearance immediately after the arraignment. Obogwu told the court that he can no longer represent the defendant since the matter is an issue that involves the death of a minor.

Reacting to the request of the OPD lawyer, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, reiterated that the issue of the age of a deceased doesn’t apply in a murder case. Justice Oshodi said the case involves an issue of life and therefore, the question of segregation in the murder of a child or minor does not arise and directed the prosecutor to inform the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) that life is involved and that it has to do with murder and there is not need to segregate it as a case involving a minor. 

He, thereafter, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending the determination of the case.
He subsequently adjourned the matter to November 13, 2019 for trial.  

Meanwhile, Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja yesterday sentenced a civil servant with the Lagos State government, Adesanya Omolaja Taiwo, to one year imprisonment for being guilty of making false statement to a public officer, and standing surety in N300 million fraud suit.

The judge found Taiwo guilty of a one-count charge of making false statement to a public officer contrary to Section 96(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Adesanya Omolaja Taiwo, who now works for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture was convicted for standing surety for one Olatayo Akanmu, a banker who allegedly swindled one of the banks to the tune of N300 million.

He was alleged to have collected N100,000 from one Alhaji Wasiu to stand surety for Akanmu who has jumped bail granted him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Taiwo was therefore arrested in the course of standing surety for another person, one Olalekan Bello. While delivering judgment, Justice Oshodi therefore found him guilty, sentenced him but gave him option fine of N200,000. His lawyer pleaded that he had been in prison custody for 13 months.

The judge ruled that the N200,000 fine must be paid in two months, ordered that if he defaults, he will be sentenced to one year imprisonment starting from yesterday (Monday).


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