Pa Henry Ekienabor, father of Mercy Henry, the 35-year-old mom of two who was brutally murdered in Lagos has revealed that the prime suspect, Mayowa Timothy Bamidele allegedly tried suicide in jail custody.
Mercy was declared lacking on December 16, 2021, and later discovered mutilated and buried in 5 different sacks behind a constructing in Ijegun, Lagos, belonging to Bamidele, a trado medical doctor.
Bamidele and 4 others linked to the homicide have since been taken to Magistrate Court Two; Yaba, whereas their file is presently on the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The matter was first adjourned to March 4 and additional adjourned to April 20 for listening to as a result of failure of the DPP to assign the case for prosecution.
Talking to The Guardian, the 70-year-old father expressed frustration over the way the case is being delayed.
In accordance with the grieving father, the suspects weren’t in courtroom and the magistrate was not on seat earlier than the adjournment.
“The case was transferred from Panti to court in February and the case was taken to Justice of the Peace courtroom Two,Yaba, below Patrick Nwaka and the Justice of the Peace,” he mentioned.
“Once we obtained there the suspects were not delivered to court, as a result of they mentioned the DPP had not assigned the case to any court and they also adjourned the case to April 20.
“Hopefully the case might be coming up this month. As a matter of reality we have no idea whether or not the DPP has now reassigned the case to a different higher court for listening to. My best fear is that on the finish of the day the case might be slowed down for 4, 5 years till it’s swept below the carpet. That’s my greatest fear,”
In accordance with Pa Ekienabor, the prime suspect tried to commit suicide following investigation into the matter.
“SP Nkama is the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in control of the case. The police instructed us that the evening he confessed to the case, he tried suicide in jail, and it was the inmate that referred to as the warders before he was chained to the iron,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the lawyer in command of the case, Percival Oaiya, advised The Guardian that the case is making progress.
“There’s progress on the matter and it’s earlier than the DPP now. So when the Lagos workplace resumes on Tuesday, I can offer you detailed data. We now have transferred the matter from Panti to the DPP’s workplace. We have some letters to that impact.”
Pa Henry also revealed that she lost her life amid domestic violence, as Mercy was always a victim of battery in the hands of her husband, Martins Ojakem.
“Mercy was separated from her husband over two years in the past when her husband needed to kill her. He subjected her to beatings mercilessly. Seven months after she gave start to her first little one, he beat her to a state of coma. I then ordered her to come again together with her mom who was taking good care of her and her child then,” he explained.
“They got here home, after three weeks she instructed me she needed to return to her husband’s home. So she returned and was impregnated by her husband once more. With the being pregnant, she was subjected to another spherical of home violence, which caused her to bleed. I instructed her to go to the closest police station and lodge a report. She said the elders of her church didn’t enable her to take action.”
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