Nigeria’s famous wrestler, John Eke Uti aka Power Uti, was yesterday hauled before an Ebute Meta Magistrate Court, Lagos, for allegedly killing his wife, Toyin.
Uti, 55, was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a two-count charge of murder and disrespect to corpse.
After going through the case file, Magistrate Folarin-Williams said she did not see any evidence both in the accused’s statement and in the police investigations to show that the accused killed his wife and quashed the remand application brought by the police.
She, therefore, granted the accused bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, who must be blood relations and also work with reputable organisations. She directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Earlier, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, the prosecutor, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 10 about 10.25 p.m. at No. 17, Oremeji St., Ilupeju, Lagos. He alleged that the accused beat his wife, Toyin, 38, to death and abandoned the corpse in a room to decompose.
The offences contravened Sections 165(a) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and if found guilty, the accused faces a death sentence. The case has been adjourned until 15th November.