Justice Mukhtar Abimbola of the Oyo State High Court has ordered the commencement of the trial of Mrs. Yewande Oyediran, who was alleged to have stabbed her husband, Lowo Oyediran, to death on February 2, 2016.
The judge said this after overruling the preliminary objection to the charges preferred against the accused, filed by her counsel, Bioye Ashanike.
In the application, Ashanike prayed that the court should strike out the charges since they were instituted by the Oyo State Department of Public Prosecution and not the state Attorney General.
The application also raised the issue of court jurisdiction.
The accused person was alleged to have killed her France-based husband in their Akobo home in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after an argument that spanned over the night.
After revisiting the application by the accused person, the judge dismissed the objection, ruling that the case should commence on June 23 and June 27, 2016.
The founder of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who came to the court premises with members of the organisation, demanded that justice must be rightly served. The members wore shirts with the inscription ‘Justice for Lowo’.
In a statement by Okei-Odumakin, the group said justice had no gender colouration, urging the law enforcement agencies to be objective in their investigation.
The group said, “We remain at this time on the side of the late Lowo Oyediran and assure (the people) that the nation is with you and mourns with you at this time.”
The accused person’s sister, Bolatito Fatoki-Ademola, said her sister was aware that her husband had a child out of wedlock.