A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a man,
Sulaiman Olalekan to death by hanging for the
murder of his wife, Mrs Chika Egbo on November
20, 2012 in a case of domestic violence.
The convict (Olalekan), on the fateful day, had
poured acid on his Wife, having become
overwhelmed by the fact that the deceased went
back to prostitution against his best advice.
Trial judge, Justice Lawal Akapo, in his judgment,
convicted Olalekan for the murder of his wife and
sentenced him to death accordingly.
After the sad incidence which resulted in the
eventual death of the victim, Chika, and in line
with the zero tolerance posture of the Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration on issues
of domestic violence, the Lagos State
Government through the State’s Ministry of
Justice had taken over the prosecution of the
case and filed necessary processes in court.
Olalekan reportedly met the deceased at Signal
Hotel in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State, where
they started a relationship that resulted in
It was after the marriage that Olalekan bought her
a second hand Volkswagen Bus and paid her
school fees at the Enugu College of Education.
But the deceased reportedly reneged on her
commitment to the relationship by returning to
prostitution, which caused Olalekan to procure
acid from a battery charger in Ikotun area of the
State and deceitfully invited her to visit with his
mother on the said day when he poured raw acid
on the deceased.
The victim was admitted at the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for emergency medical
treatment, where she eventually died.
Justice Akapo, in arriving at his judgment, said he
believed that the murder of Chika Egbo by
Olalekan was premeditated.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for
Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who was the lead
prosecuting Counsel, in his reaction to the
judgment, thanked the Court for a well-
He said: “Today’s judgment is a victory in our
fight against domestic violence and a victory for
domestic violence victims.”
Governor Ambode, it would be recalled, had
pledged to make Lagos uncomfortable for
perpetrators of domestic violence when he led an
All-Male Walk against Sexual and Gender Based
Violence (SGBV) late last year.