An Ikeja High Court has adjourned the murder trial of a Lagos Prince, Adewale Oyekan, till December 5.
Oyekan was accused of killing a businesswoman and politician, Alhaja Sikirat Ekun (62).
The defendant is the son of the late Oba of Lagos, Adeyinka Oyekan.
He is on trial along with Lateef Balogun for allegedly killing Alhaja Ekun, his boss, six years ago.
Prince Oyekan was 44 when the incident happened in 2012.
Testifying in the trial, a former staff of the deceased, Isabor Paul, recalled that Alhaja Ekun was allegedly strangled in her bedroom at Omole Phase 1, Ojodu, Lagos.
Her body was later found 1,000 feet down a well.
Led in evidence by Mr O. Ahmed before Justice Raliat Adebiyi, the witness alleged that in the course of investigation by the Police, some of the victim’s personal belongings were traced and found in the defendant’s possession.
Paul alleged that Prince Oyekan also took over the businesses and other property of the deceased.
Paul, an estate agent residing at 3 Ahmed Afolabi, Obawole, Ifako, is the fourth prosecution witness in the murder trial.
He said he was privy to the outcome of police investigation of the murder.
The witness told the court he was held along with the defendant following the murder.
He said while in detention, he learned that the Police found the deceased’s phone and catering utensils in possession of the defendant’s concubine named Folake.
He further told the court that this was made known while he was in the cell at Area G during investigation by the police.
He also explained that sometime in 2012 during Sallah celebration, he travelled to Port Harcourt to attend a wedding .
He said when he came back to Lagos, he called Alhaja’s phone several times without response from her.
He said he had thought that she was angry with her for not staying back in Lagos to celebrate the Muslim festival as it was her habit to kill ram and celebrate with her staff.
He said: “On October 26 Prince Oyekan called my number and asked why I didn’t come to see Alhaja and that she was sick.
“I went to her compound, on getting there I didn’t see her Sienna and Rav 4, when I asked about the vehicles, Prince said Alhaja asked some people to come and pick them.
“All the while when I was asking questions, someone was texting me with Alhaja’s number.
He added that for the 14 years he had worked with the deceased, she never sent him any SMS messages.
The witness informed the court further that when he received the 17th text message, also not having seen or heard from his boss, he asked the suspect about her cooking utensils which were missing from her house.
He said he could not understand the explanations given by the defendant, hence he traced the deceased family house in Fadeyi to find out about her.
He said the family queried him about his boss’ whereabout and subsequently reported to the police leading to the arrest and investigation of Oyekan and other suspects.
He listed those arrested as suspects initially to include himself, Michael Scott, Funke another staff of the deceased whom the witness claimed police found Alhaja’s catering utensils with.
He they also include two men who bought Alhaja Ekun ‘s vehicles from Prince Oyekan.
According to him, he said it was at this point that at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti that the defendants were separated from other suspects.
During cross examination, the defendant’s counsel, Mr. O. C Onwumerie argued that the witness could have been lying to the court, stressing that he had not told the police during investigation that one Engineer Tunde had also come to the home of the deceased for the Sallah celebration.
He also argued that the witness could not have known the findings of the police from his detention but was relating to the court what could be described as hearsay or fables.
Justice Adebiyi however adjourned till December 5, 24 and 29 January, 2019 for continuation of trial.
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