A 42-year-old woman, Fatima Rahman, has been arrested and arraigned before Magistrate P.E Nwaka at the Yaba Magistrate court, for allegedly stabbing her pregnant co-wife, Adiza, to death at her residence in Alejo Street, Ijede, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State on April 9.
Rahman who is said to be from Chad Republic, reportedly got angry after her husband picked Adiza as his second wife. She allegedly visited the deceased in her residence under the guise of being a nurse and stabbed her to death. A neighbour of the deceased who saw Rahman when she arrived at the residence, was said to have indicted her after deep wounds were found on the deceased’s neck and head.
During her arraignment, the prosecuting counsel, Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that Rahman committed the crime at about 12.40pm on the said day.
“That you, Fatima Abdul Rahman, on April 9, 2023, around 12.40 pm, at 43, Alero Street, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State in the Lagos Magisterial District did unlawfully kill one Adizat Abdul Rahman, 28-year-old, by stabbing her with a knife and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 222 and punishable under Section 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”
Rahman’s plea was not taken by the court. The prosecutor prayed the court to remand the defendant to a custodial centre pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.
The Magistrate granted the request and ordered that Rahman be remanded in the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending legal advice. Nwaka adjourned the case till May 25, 2023, for trial.
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