I Didn’t Kill, Dump My Wife’s Corpse In River, Electrician Tells Court

I Didn’t Kill, Dump My Wife’s Corpse In River, Electrician Tells Court

By Benedict Sunday
A 49 year old electrician, Ismaila Salau, who was arraigned on Tuesday before the Lagos State High court in Igbosere for allegedly killing his wife, Silifat Yakubu, by hitting her head with a pestle and later dumping her corpse in a stream has denied the allegations.

Salau, who is standing trial before the court on a one count charge of murder brought against him by the Lagos State government, told the court that he was not at home on the day of the incident.

The accused person, who was testifying in his own defence, said that on the day of the incident he had left home around 6am and did not returned till the following day at about 4am.

The Lagos State Prosecuting counsel Jubril Kareem, had told the court that Salau, who was first arraigned before the court in 2015, committed the offence on October 3, 2014, at about 11pm, at 18, Igbele village, in Araromi community of Badagry, Lagos State.

Kareem also maintained that the offence is contrary and punishable under section 221, Criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was remanded in prison custody by the court.

In his defence on Tuesday, Salau told the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye that he ran an errand for one of his friends on the day of the incident and that on his way back, he encountered traffic which stretched into the early hours of the morning.

He further stated that he also had a problem with the bus he was driving, which sank into the drainage system as there was heavy down pour on the day.

He also claimed that the deceased had told him earlier in the day that she was going to visit her mother, along with their three children, since it was during Sala festival.

The accused person, who was led in evidence by his counsel A. A Babalola, said that, “At about 10 am, my wife called me and I asked her if they had gotten to her mother’s place, she said no that they were still on their way, so I asked her to inform me once they get there and at 11 am, she called back to inform me that they were already there.

“After my wife got to her mother’s place she called me and asked me to speak with her mother and by 8pm, she called and informed me that she was still at her mother’s place, and that she wants to stay a bit longer before leaving for home, so I said ok.

“Before I got to Igbele, it was 1 am, and it rained heavily, till the next morning, while I was going I did not know that there was a gutter close by because the whole place was flooded and the bus sank in to the gutter. I then went to my wife’s elder brother’s place and told him what happened so he offered to help me pull out the bus from the gutter,

“So by the time we succeeded in pulling out the bus, it was already 4am, so I went home and opened the door since it was locked, at about 5:30am, I called my wife’s number it was switched off, then I waited and after sometime I called my first child who told me that his mother left the previous night around 8pm and has not returned, then I called my mother-in-law and she also confirmed what my first child said.

“On October 4, which was a Saturday, we were having meeting because that day was an environmental sanitation day, and while there, they asked me if I have heard what happened, that they saw a pregnant drowned woman in the stream and she was already dead, and they added that the Baale in our community has gone to report the incident at the police station.

“I then told the Baale that my wife was missing so he asked me and my wife’s elder brother to go to the Badagry general hospital, when we got there, they took us to the mortuary, and they showed me a corpse they had brought the previous day, but I couldn’t identify the corpse, when I saw it, I was terrified and said this is not my wife, until the next day when I and my wife’s friends went back there before I was able to identify the corpse”.

During cross examination by the prosecuting counsel, Kareem, the witness who said he has been married for 20 years, said he did not make a report to the police about his missing wife, but that he told the Baale of the community.

When the statement, made by Salau who is from Kwara State and only went to primary School, at State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID), Yaba, Panti, Lagos, was read to him, he denied it.

In the statement, Salau, said “my wife said I should leave her alone that she can go to anywhere she likes, when I stood up, she asked me if I wanted to beat her up?, I said if I beat you, what will happen? I then slapped her and she took pestle and mortal, and hit it on my head. Then I also hit her head with the pestle and started beating her and she fainted,

‘’I poured water on her but she did not wake up, so I now tied rope on her and dragged her to a nearby river, because I already knew that she was dead.”

Consequently Justice Ipaye adjourned the case till April 9, for continuation of trial.

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Updated: March 13, 2019 — 11:27 am


  1. Only God knows the truth,every suspect must try to prove innocence in one way or the other

  2. This is sad, anyway, the man is not guilty

  3. What a pity to the deceased wife. He should be punished duely if found guilty but also, be discharged and acquainted if not guilty.

  4. I think this man is having a mental problem

  5. No one to be trust, but God knows better

  6. Proper investigation should be applied please ..and let justice prevail..God in your hand …

  7. Just hope he’s telling the truth, but ill say let the court decide if he’s truly innocent or not

  8. hmm! complecated issue, he might be really not be guilty of the allegation.

  9. There are so many witnesses around this man the people he mentioned should be interrogate also

  10. Who is now deceiving whom, I think they should punish him well.

  11. So he indeed killed his wife, that’s extremely bad, and she is pregnant

  12. The truth will surely come out, God that sees in secret will expose whosoever s responsible.

  13. Datz is serious what a wicked world

  14. This man is wicked. Why will he kill his wife?

  15. This case needs serious attention and investigation to know the truth

  16. Please carefully investigate this case to avoid jelling an innocent person

  17. He might not be the murderer. They should investigate very well so as not to punish an innocent person.

  18. But how did it really happened

  19. I just pray justice prevail so as to cub further occurence of such

  20. End time things. God help us all and save us from the hand of devil’s hand.

  21. What’s the world turning to

  22. This is serious, the police should investigate the case very well ooooo,

  23. Since 2014 the judgement has not being made, is ridiculous

  24. It could be a mistake but I believe that is the next option that he has

  25. And when you chatted me,immediately, your profile pic changed from what it was to this one. And I’m kinds kinda

  26. May his wife soul rest in peace .

  27. If he didn’t kill his wife, then who killed her, things are happening.

  28. Story that touches the heart

  29. Would he have,he said not there he would have but likely able to but not him

  30. That’s too difficult to accept this days

  31. the court should try thier possible best to make sure that justice prevail

  32. I don’t expect him to say he did it intentionally

  33. There must be justice on the death of the woman

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  35. I think he need more treating to succor

  36. I don’t know what all these senseless people are going to gain in killing someone that you love nonsense

  37. It’s only God that knows the real truth. May her soul rest in peace

  38. he confessed at last, he he will face the law

  39. Such a complicated story

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