A youth pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Akolade
Arowolo, has been sentenced to die by hanging for the murder of his
banker wife, Titilayo.
Titilayo worked with Skye bank, whilst her husband was employed.
Prosecutors were able to present compelling evidence that led to the
conviction of Mr Arowolo and his sentencing by Justice Lateefat Okunu of
the Ikeja High Court, he was handed a death sentence.
Justice Okunu held in her over three hours judgment that evidence before
the court proved that Arowolo actually murdered his wife in their
Testimony in the form of a forensic report from Prof. John Oladapo
Obafunwa, a pathologist, was what the court used to determine that there
was no way the deceased could have stabbed herself to death.
Immediately after the judgment, Arowolo fell down in the dock and started shouting “Jesus have mercy.”
PM News reports that Prof Obafunwa testified that his autopsy report
revealed that Titilayo was killed through 76 knife stab wounds.
He noted that the knife wounds affected Titilayo’s left eye, right eye, upper chest area, right chest and collar bone.
Prof. Obafunwa pointed out in his testimony that the deceased could not have inflicted such wounds on herself.
To further prove its case, prosecution invited some of Titilayo’s family
members who testified that Arowolo and Titilayo had always had a
The family members included Titilayo’s father, George Oyakhire; sister, Ijeh and mother-in-law, Mrs Adetoun Yeside Oyakhire.
The three witnesses testified that the couple lived a cat and mouse
life. They claimed that the family had at several times, settled serious
fights between the couple. None of the witnesses however saw what
actually happened on the day Titilayo died.
The Herald reports that Arowolo’s co-tenant, Adewale Adeyemi also gave evidence in the case.
Adeyemi in his evidence said that on the day of the incident he heard a
loud noise when he was in his apartment and later saw Arowolo rushing
out with a deep cut in his palms.
He claimed to have also seen a hammer and a knife with a broken handle
in the yard. Other witnesses such a the security man at the Arowolos’
residence, Investigating Police Officer and an MTN Staff also gave
evidence in the case.
Having presented its case, the burden was shifted on Arowolo to defend
himself. Expectedly, Arowolo had his personal explanation as to what
happened on the day Titilayo died. First, he claimed that he and his
deceased wife had passionate S3@.x:’ for two hours and kissed on the
same day she died.
He claimed that Titi stabbed herself to death on the day after they had a fight.
Arowolo claimed that Titilayo was possessed by an evil spirit and
inflicted several stab wounds on him before turning to herself.
Arowolo’s father, Mudashiru and mother also testified of their son’s good behavior, insisting he could not have killed his wife.
They claimed that he has always been a religious person and was incapable of killing anybody.