33-year-old Olamilekan Oke and 27-year-old Akande Adeyinka have been remanded in prison custody by a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, over the alleged rape and murder of 44-year-old Bernadette, the Hungarian wife of Gildas Tohouo-Tohouo, the managing director of Maersk Nig. Ltd.
The cousins were arraigned before Justice Modupe Nico-Clay on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, unlawful assault, robbery, armed robbery, and rape.
The Lagos state prosecuting counsel Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who led the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs Adeyinka Adeyemi, told the court that the defendants conspired to commit the alleged offences around 7:30pm on December 8, at flat 7A, No 1, Lugard Avenue Ikoyi Lagos.
They were also accused of attempting to kill Gildas Tohouo-Tohouo by stabbing him severally on the neck, head and back with a knife and dagger. The suspects reportedly proceeded to rob the couple of several properties which included foreign currencies in different denominations, two iPhones, two bottles of wine, two wedding rings, and one engagement ring.
The technician and printer pleaded not guilty to the offence which contravenes Sections 233, 230, 173, 299, 297 (2) (a) 411, of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria 2015.
Justice Nico-Clay subsequently adjourned the case till June 30 for commencement of trial.