A 61-year-old pastor, Adejare Adebayo, has been remanded in Agodi Prison Custody by an Ibadan Magistrates’ Court for allegedly cutting off his wife’s left breast with a kitchen knife.
Adebayo was arraigned before Chief Magistrate F. Richard on Monday for one-count charge, which he pleaded not guilty.
The deceased, Mrs Risikayat Adegbule, 43, was said to have died few days later as a result of the excruciating pain suffered after losing one of the breast to the knife.
The defendant, Adebayo was the pastor in charge of Glory Triumphant Chapel, Tose Area, Moniya.
The Prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ogunremi, had told the court that Adebayo had on 24 December, 2016, at 12 a.m at Onikankan village in Ibadan unlawfully caused the death of Rukayat Adegbule by cutting her breast.
Ogunremi stated that the defendant committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Vol. 11 Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap IX Vol. 11 of the Laws of Oyo State.
The Chief Magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison and adjourned further hearing to February 14.
However, family sources told NAN that Adebayo told them that he helped the wife cut the other affected breast because she had earlier suffered cancer in her right breast.
He was alleged to have taken the deceased wife to an unknown place for weeks before he resurfaced with the news of her death.
“Further investigation revealed that the family members of the deceased had been looking for her only to be called later by the husband informing them of her death.”