Nigerian Police on Duty
The men of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (Force CIID), Alagbon –Ikoyi, Lagos, has arraigned a woman, Mrs Taiwo Idehen and her three adult children, before a Lagos High Court, Igbosere, for the alleged murder of her husband and Police Officer, Mr Joseph Idehen.
The police in the charge, marked LD/6510c/2017, stated, all the defendants were alleged to have committed the offences at the deceased’s residence located at 5, Odetola Street, off Merit Road, Alagbado, Lagos, on July 4, 2016.
The woman, who was said to have divorced the deceased, a retired Superintendent Police Officer, over 29 years ago and her three children, were alleged to have conspired among themselves to murder the retired senior police officer in suspicious circumstances.
Taiwo and her three children, Samuel, Michael and Ruth were arraigned before Justice Adedayo Akintoye, on charges bordering on conspiracy to murder, murder, stealing, use of false document and forgery.
Lagos High Court, Igboshere.
They were also alleged to have forged a death certificate from Otta General Hospital, Ogun State, which was used in convening the deceased’s corpse to Aragba in Delta State.
One of the children of the deceased, Michael, who is the third defendant, was alleged to have also, fraudulently withdrew the sum of N286, 000 from the deceased account domiciled in First Bank Plc. The Police also accused all the defendants of fraudulent withdrawal of the sum of N2.1 million from the deceased account domiciled in Zenith
The offences according to the prosecuting Counsel, Morufu Animashaun, the Legal Officer of the General Investigation Department of ForceCIID, are contrary to sections 233, 365 (3)(d), 366 and 287 (5) of the Criminal Code.
During the arraignment of the defendants before the court, the prosecutor said their arrest was predicated on a petition dated August 2016, written to the Police by the Chambers of Milestone Partners, wherein the role played by each of the defendants leading to the death of the retired police officer was stated.
Lagos High Court Room
The prosecutor also told the court that upon receiving the petition, each of the defendants was invited for interrogation and they all wrote confessional statements.
However, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Consequently, the prosecuting Counsel urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the conclusion of the matter. But Counsel to the defendants, Kenny Osunwa, urged the court not to grant the prosecutor’s request asking for the defendants’ remand
pending the conclusion of the matter.
The Counsel told the court that he had filed his clients’ bail applications and same have been served on the prosecutor.As a result of the application of the counsel to the defendants’, the presiding judge, Justice Akintoye adjourned the matter till January 25, for a hearing of their bail application.
The Judge thereafter, ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications.