A youth pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Akolade Arowolo, was on Tuesday sentenced to death by by Justice Lateefat Okunu of an Ikeja High Court for the murder of his wife, Titilayo Arowolo.
Titilayo worked with Skye bank, where her husband is also employed.
Arowolo was handed the death sentence in a three hour judgment in which justice Okunu said evidence before the court proved that Arowolo actually murdered his wife in their matrimonial home.
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 as claimed by the pastor.
Arowolo had also claimed that his late wife was possessed and inflicted injuries on herself.
However, according to Prof. Obafunwa’s forensic report, 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 troubled marriage.
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.
It was also reported 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.
Adeyemi also claimed to have seen a hammer and a knife with a broken handle in the yard.
Other witnesses include the security man at Arowolos’ residence, Investigating Police Officer and an MTN Staff.
Arowolo’s parents testified that their son was incapable of murder.
Youth Pastor Arowolo broke down in tears, after the judge handed him the death sentence, claiming he was innocent of killing his wife.
Arowolo had claimed that he and his deceased wife had passionate sex for two hours and kissed on the same day she died.
He said that Titi stabbed herself to death on the day after they had a fight.
What’s your say on this matter pls is he lying or saying the truth??