A 47 year old commercial motorcycle rider (okada rider), Ajayi Olatunbosun has been arrested by the police for hiring thugs to pour acid on his ex-wife, Bamidele Otakiti, at her shop on Adejobi Street in the Ajasa Command area of Lagos.
Punch Metro reports that everything had been fine between the couple who moved to Lagos in 2005 and had 3 children, until they had a quarrel a few months ago which led to their separation in February, 2015.
It was learnt that the suspect, prior to the divorce, had on several occasions accused Otakiti of adultery, however, despite his belief of her cheating, he had pleaded with the woman not to divorce him.
It was laernt that both men had visited Otakiti’s shop on April 21 at about 7.30pm, with a substance which later tested positive for acid. She was reportedly trying to give them change for some items they had bought when they poured the substance on her.
The attackers allegedly told the woman that they were sent by her ex-husband before they fled the area.
She was then rushed to a nearby hospital by people who were around her, from where she was referred to the General Hospital, Ile Epo, for intensive care.
Olatunbosun, who lives on Adetoun Street, Abule-Egba, was arrested by members of Meiran Police Station.
A police source said that Olatubosun initially denied the allegation, but later confessed.
The source said, “He initially denied hiring the thugs. But after a comprehensive interrogation, he confessed, saying the woman had been flaunting her beauty and committing adultery. He is giving us useful information to track the fleeing suspects.”
Olatunbosun was brought before an Ojokoro Magistrate’s Court on two counts of assault.
The charges read, “That you, Ajayi Olatunbosun, 42, and two others now at large, on April 21, 2015, at about 7.30pm on Adejobi Street, Ajasa Command, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: grievous harm and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, and two others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did grievously harm one Bamidele Otakiti by pouring liquid acid on her and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mrs. O.A. Olayinka, a senior magistrate, admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
“The sureties must show evidence of means of livelihood to the court for verification,” Olayinka added.
The case has been adjourned to June 25, 2015.