Lagos arraigns two cousins for killing Maersk MD’s wife



The Lagos State Government , on Wednesday , arraigned two cousins , Olamilekan Adegoke and Akande Adeyinka , for allegedly killing the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria Limited , Bernadette Tohouo .

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Modupe Nicole -Clay of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, unlawful assault , robbery, armed robbery and rape.

Reports that the defendants , on December 8 , 2019 , attacked the Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria , Gildas Tohouo , and stabbed his wife , Bernadette , to death at their residence on No. 1 Luggard Avenue, Ikoyi .

The defendants also reportedly stabbed Gildas and forced him to drink a substance suspected to be acid.

The couple had organised a party in their house on the day of the incident and many guests were gathered in the compound to felicitate with them .

Adegoke , who is an electrician working with the estate , was granted access to the party and reportedly used his familiarity with the residents to smuggle in his cousin, Adeyinka .

After the party ended around 11. 30pm and the guests had departed for their various homes, Adegoke and Adeyinka were said to have lurked around the couple ’ s apartment and when there was power outage in the building, the defendants allegedly offered to assist the couple to restore power.

The couple , who recognised one of them as an electrician in the estate , opened the door for them to gain entry into the main building and the defendants allegedly attacked the couple with knives .

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At Wednesday ’ s proceedings , 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 .

He 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 defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges .

Justice Nicole – Clay 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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