Man kills wife over sachet water 

The accused

A 49-year-old man, Lawrence Itakpe, is facing prosecution for allegedly killing his wife, and mother of his two children, Rebecca, over sachet water. 

Itakpe has been arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for the heinous crime, with the presiding Chief Magistrate, O.Y. Adefope, adjourning the case till January 31, 2023.  

He is standing trial for killing his wife of eleven years with whom they have two children together.  

Argument was said to have ensued between the couple at their house in the Ajah area of Lagos state over sachet water following which he rushed to the kitchen to fetch a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the neck and chest, leading to her death. 

According to the charge sheet: “That you, Lawrence Itakpe, on December 5, 2022, around 5pm at 50, Abimbola Street, Seaside Estate, Badore Ajah, Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully slaughter one Rebecca Itakpe, aged 47, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.” 


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