An Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, remanded a 23-year-old man, Yusuf Mohammed, in prison for allegedly murdering his 14-year-old wife, Safiat Yakubu.
The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, who adjourned the matter till July 30 for mention, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the accused beheaded the deceased on June 16, in Ilasa Ekiti in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state.
According to her, the offence is punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Ikebuilo alleged that the refusal of the deceased to move to Mohammed’s house after her bride price had been paid and suspicion that she was having an affair with another man were the reasons why he killed her.
“The accused went to lay an ambush for her in the bush and cut off her head,” the police prosecutor stated.
She said the case file had been duplicated and forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
The plea of the accused was not taken.