Cousins who allegedly killed the wife of Maersk MD arraigned in Lagos


The Lagos state government has arraigned for trial, two cousins who allegedly murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria Limited, Bernadette Tohouo.

The cousins who were identified as Olamilekan Adegoke and Akande Adeyinka were arraigned before Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay of the Lagos State High Court .

Yesterday, at the Igbosere Court, the cousins were charged on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, unlawful assault, robbery, armed robbery and rape.

It would be recalled that Adegoke and Akande Adeyinka were alleged to have attacked the Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria, Gildas Tohouo, stabbed his wife, Bernadette, to death at their residence on No. 1 Luggard Avenue, Ikoyi in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

They were alleged to have forced her to drink a popular insecticide called sniper.

Olamilekan Adegoke and Akande Adeyinka. Source: PUNCH

According to PUNCH Correspondent, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), told the court that Adegoke had unlawful sexual intercourse with the deceased before she was killed.

Onigbanjo said, “The defendants unlawfully killed Bernadette by suffocating her with a small pillow and attempted to unlawfully kill Gildas by stabbing him several times in the neck, head and back with a knife and dagger.

“The defendants unlawfully assaulted and caused him harm by beating him with a hammer on his head and while armed with a knife and dagger, robbed the couple of several property, including foreign currencies in different denominations, two iPhones, two bottles of wine, two wedding rings and one engagement ring.”

Onigbanjo told the court that the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 233, 230, 173, 299, 297 (2) (a) 411, of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The two cousins pleaded not guilty to the charges.

However, the judge adjourned the case till June 30, 2020, for trial and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the Ikoyi Correctional Centre.


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