The wife of the late human rights lawyer, Kunle Fadipe, Mrs Kemi Fadipe, on Thursday, gave an account of how her husband and mother were murdered.
Narrating the incident, she said the incident happened on July 3, 2014 at 10.00 p.m. after the deceased returned home late from office, took his meal and retired into his room.
“After his meal, he retired into his room, my sons went to their room adjacent to his room. My sister (Abiola Owolabi) who worked with him in the chamber lived with us. My mother who came for her eye surgery was also at home with us.
“The generating set was on because there was no public power supply. So, I asked my 17-year-old boy, Folahanmi, to go and put off the generator. Five minutes after he left, I heard him shouting, ‘my daddy, my daddy, there is thief in the house,’ she said.
The widow further told Justice Atinuke Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court that the accused, Oluwaseun Oladapo, chased his son to the living room and stabbed him.
“He (accused) was shouting that somebody was going to die that night. I was scared and hid behind my husband. He said the house was surrounded by other members of his gang. He also demanded for N500,000 but we kept begging him.
“My husband asked me to bring the envelope in his pair of trousers which contained money but the boy slapped my son and at this point, all of us got angry and pushed him. He then stabbed my mother, son and sister. He also stabbed my husband with the knife which cut his neck.
“At that time, the OPC people entered and overpowered him. We took my husband to hospital some minutes before midnight but he died a few minutes after 1.00 a.m. My mother died two weeks after she heard of my husband’s death.”
Abiola, who is Mrs Fadipe’s sister and who was also a victim, also told the court that the accused stabbed the deceased on several parts of his body.
She added that efforts by members of the family to overpower the accused by hitting him on the head with various objects were not successful as the accused was too powerful for them.
“He was very strong and had strength of 10 persons,” she said.
The matter was adjourned till Nov 18 for continuation of trial.