By Onozure Dania
Lagos— Attempt by the female lawyer, Mrs. Udeme Odibi, 48, who was accused of stabbing her husband to death to stop the burial of her deceased husband slated for today failed. Udeme Odibi and her late husband The defendant made the request before the Yaba Magistrate’s Court through her lawyer, Mr.Oluseye Bamijoko, on the ground that the result of the autopsy carried out on the deceased was not made available to them.
Her lawyer also argued that the result of the psychiatric evaluation carried out on Mrs. Odibi was not made available to the defence. Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum prison and directed the Comptroller of Prisons to allow her access to doctor and defence counsel in private. A request was earlier made for her to be remanded in Ikoyi prison but that order could not be made because there were no female facilities in Ikoyi prison.
She also rejected the request to stop the planned burial of the deceased today, saying that will be a rude interruption to the right of the dead. Magistrate Ayeye said if necessary, the body can still be exhumed for further investigation. The defence is further insisting on independent autopsy and psychiatric evaluation of the suspect. The counsel informed the court that the suspect has been diagnosed with thyroid disease necessitating the urgent need to see a doctor.
A Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Effiong Asuquo, Officer in charge of Legal Department of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Panti, SCIID, urged the court to remand the defendant in prison for the next 30 days. He said the case file had been duplicated and sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to obtain legal advice. He said we have an application for remand, brought pursuant to section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2015.
The remand request reads: “The Court is informed that there is probable cause to order the remand of Udeme Otike Odibi of Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki Lagos, in prison custody: who is reasonable to have committed the offence of murder having on May 3, 2018, at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki Lagos, killed her husband, one Otike Odibi.”