Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:44 pm
By Akin Kuponiyi
A renowned Nigerian wrestler, John Eke Uti, also known as Power Uti, was today arraigned before an Ebute Meta chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, for allegedly killing his wife, Toyin.
Uti, 55, was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a two-count charge of murder.
After going through the case file, Mrs. Folarin-Williams said she did not see anything both in the accused’s statement and in the police investigations to show that the accused killed his wife and quashed the remand application brought by the police.
She, therefore, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum, who must be blood relations and also work with reputable organisations.
She directed that the case file be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) for legal advice.
Earlier, Jimah Iseghede, the prosecutor, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on 10 October about 10.25 p.m. at No. 17, Oremeji St., Ilupeju, Lagos.
He alleged that the accused beat his wife, Toyin, 38, to death and abandoned the corpse in a room to decompose.
Uti, a former world wrestling champion, was first taken to Ilupeju Police Station before being transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused wrestler contravened Sections 165(a) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state.