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Security guard narrates how octogenarian, daughter was killed

A prosecution witness, a security guard, Mr. Dahiru Musa, has narrated to a Lagos High Court, Igbosere how octogenarian and her daughter was allegedly killed by their house maid, Joseph Ogu two days after he was employed.

In his testimony before Justice Modupe Nicoclay, the witness said that he discovered the bodies of an 89-year-old grandmother, Adejoke John, and her 36-year-old daughter, Oreoluwa John who were allegedly killed by the defendant on the floor in their apartment.

Musa who was led-in-evidence by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said he saw him (defendant) around 2:15 am when he tried to abscond. He opened the gate and was about driving away from the car belonging to the 89-year-old deceased.

He had queried Ogu to give reasons he wanted to drive out the deceased’s car at past 2.am; he said the defendant replied that the deceased sent him on errand somewhere.

“I asked him why he was driving mama’s car, he said mama sent him on errand somewhere, I challenged him again and I said mama couldn’t have sent you on an errand at this time”.

The witness said that he had known the 89-year-old deceased since 1984, adding that he held the defendant tight and collected the car keys from him and led him back to the deceased’s house.

He said, “ I and the defendant, went upstairs to the upper floor, where mama’s apartment is. The living room was scattered, all the drawers were pulled out and their contents scattered all over the floor, then I started shouting mama, mama, but nobody answered me.

“I now asked the defendant to take me to where mama is, when I entered mama’s room, I saw her dead body on the floor.”

The witness who told the court that there were only two occupants in the house, and they are mother and her daughter who was also stabbed to death.

He said, “ At that point, I turned the defendant round and tied his hands behind, and his legs and also gagged his mouth until in the morning when I handed him over to the police”.

The witness said four phones were found in the booth of the car, four Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards were also found in the booth, a big plasma TV was also in the booth of the car.

The witness, who claimed he has been working as a security guard in the area where the incident occurred for an about two years and three months, maintained that prior to the incident, mama usually to send him on errands. He noted that he knew the defendant through mama when mama asked me to show him where I buy things for her.

Ogu was arraigned on October 22 and was remanded in prison custody over the alleged murder of his 89-year-old employer and her 36-year-old daughter.

The Lagos State government had arraigned Ogu on October 22 on a three-count charge of murder and stealing.

Justice Nicoclay had however ordered his remand following his plea of not guilty to the charge.

When the defendants was arraigned, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mr. Yaqub Oshoala, had told the court that Ogu committed the alleged offence on June 19 at 4, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere area of Lagos, around 9: 30pm.

Oshoala alleged that the defendant killed one Adejoke John, by strangulating her to death, whilst armed with a knife, robbed the deceased of her car, phones, and Plasma TV.

He said “Ogu, whilst armed with a knife, robbed one Adejoke John of her Toyota Camry Saloon Car, with Reg No. FST 104 CW, Lg plasma TV, motorway handset, one Gionee handset, one Nokia phone, one i- Tell phone and one power bank”.

His offence contrary to Sections 222 (1) (a), 297 (2) (b) and punishable under Sections 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos 2015.

The trial judge subsequently adjourned the further hearing to January 23, 2020.

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