Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo, a couple accused of the murder of their housemaid, Joy Adole, on Monday, told an Ikeja High Court that they had no case to answer.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the couple is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, involuntary manslaughter and accessory after the fact to murder.
They were accused of killing 19-year-old Adole on 20 April , 2020, at their residence located at No. 18, Ogundola St., Bariga, Lagos.
The couple, however, denied the allegation, claiming that Ms Adole committed suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom.
During Monday’s proceedings, the couple, who were to open defence, filed a no-case submission dated 24 September , through their counsel, O. I Barrah.
Responding, the prosecutor, Abike Oluwasanmi, said that prosecution needed time to respond to the no-case submission.
The case has been adjourned until 3 November for the hearing of the application.
NAN reports that during the last court proceedings on the case on 30 July , a pathologist, Sunday Soyemi, who testified on behalf of the prosecution, said the cause of Ms Adole’s death could not be ascertained because her corpse was embalmed.
He said “The housemaid’s corpse had been embalmed at a morgue at Yaba, Lagos, before it was brought by authorities to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for an autopsy.
“We did the autopsy and the saddest thing is that the body was embalmed and, in this case, the body should not have been embalmed,” he said.
The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) of the case, Ajibola Oderinde, told the court during the 30 July proceedings that authorities believed that Ms Adole was killed because her body was found under suspicious circumstances.
The IPO said that investigations revealed that Fortune assaulted Adole on April 19, 2020, and that her body was discovered by Stephen on April 20, 2020.
“The position of the body does not depict a suicide, and we recommended that Fortune and Stephen Nwankwo be charged to court,” the IPO said.