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.
Pastor Arowolo could not hold back his pains after the court ruling, he busted into prayer.
Titilayo worked with Skye bank, while her husband was employed. Prosecutors were able to present compelling evidence that led to the conviction that Mr Arowolo really did murdered his wife.
After what seemed like a much difficult and most exasperating case, the youth Pastor was handed a death sentence by Justice Lateefat Okunu of the Ikeja High Court.
The case which lasted for up to three hours finally revealed that the Young pastor murdered his wife in their matrimonial home.
With reports at our disposal, it is stated that the court used evidence of a forensic reported handed down by one Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, a pathologist, with such report, they uncovered 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 stabs.
There were claims by Pastor Arowolo, suggesting that his wife was possessed and inflicted injuries on herself. 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.
However, none of the witnesses however saw what actually happened on the day Titilayo died
Further more, Arowolo’s co-tenant, Adewale Adeyemi also gave evidence in the case. Arowolo’s parents testified that their son was incapable of murder
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.
Youth Pastor Arowolo broke down in tears, after the judge handed him the death sentence, he had claimed he was not guilty of killing his wife.
Nevertheless, just as expected, Arowolo gave his personal story regarding what happened on the day Titilayo died.
First, he claimed that he and his deceased wife had passionate sex 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.