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Nurse stabs hubby to death in Ekiti

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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They lost illustrious son in a cold-blooded murder will forever linger on in the mind of the family of a-60-year-old civil servant in Ekiti, Kayode Jegede who was stabbed to death by his second wife Janet Jegede .

Sympathisers thronged the six-room bungalow apartment of the bereaved family, located at Alafiatayo zone 1, Bamigboye area of Ado-Ekiti, to register their condolence and also sympatise with the family over the unfortunate incident.

 Mrs Janet Idowu Jegede, a mother of two and professional Nurse who works at the Ekiti State Specialist Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, got married to the deceased at the age of  25 and the marriage was blessed with two male children.

Late Kayode Jegede untill his untimely death worked as an Environmental Health Officer in one of the local governments in Ekiti State.

According to impeccable sources, he had another wife whom he married earlier and  had many children for him out of which one is a Medical Doctor among other older children working in various parts of Ekiti State.

Though, the cause of the knife attack has remained shrouded in mystery, but a source close to the family said the 36-year-old Nurse has been noticed to be battling with mental disorder when she got married to the deceased about a decades ago.

The source claimed that the woman has been threatening to kill the deceased for some times before she finally stabbed him to death on the fateful day.

According to the source “we were in church last Sunday, when somebody called that the old man has been stabbed to death by his wife.

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“The woman has two kids for him, the older one is around nine years old but she must be a second wife to the man as he should be over sixty years old, and has a medical doctor as a son”.

Another source close to the area also hinted that the woman must have been suffering from a psychological problem.

“We attended the same church. She had sent the two kids to church on Sunday for a special programme before the incident occurred.

” When we heard about the incident and we immediately moved to the house, neighbours said she was holding a knife and telling everybody to come in and eat, which might be an indication that she is psychologically disturbed”.

A police source at Ologede Police station, Ado Ekiti said psychiatric evaluation was immediately carried out on the suspect, and she was later arraigned in court shortly after autopsy was carried out on the deceased as part of investigation.

At the arraignment  of the accused person at the Ekiti State High Court before Justice Bamidele Omotoso in September 2020, the accused person was docked on a one count charge bordering on murder.

 The charge read in part ” That you, Janet Jegede, 36, on Nov. 17, 2019 at Ado Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the court, did murder your husband, one Kayode Jegede.

“The offence is contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”

In his statement to the Police during preliminary investigation, the son of the deceased, Ayomide Jegede said, “I received a call from the accused person informing me to come home to take my father to the hospital because she had killed him.

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“When I got home, I met my father in the pool of his own blood, gasping, I saw a knife plunged in his chest, I ask her what happened but her explanation was incoherent.

“When I removed the knife, the bleeding increased I went outside to call other neighbours to help me take him to the hospital he was rushed to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

“She once reported my father to me to warn him to put a stop to his adultery and if he refuses, she threatened to kill him, I took it as an empty threat until she killed my father” he concluded.

To prove the case, the prosecutor, Olowoyo-Richard Ayobami called five witnesses and tendered statements of the defendant, a knife, photographs of the lifeless body of the deceased and statement of the witnesses as exhibits.

In his pleadings, counsel to the defendant, Emmanuel Adedeji said, the defendant was mentally unbalanced at the time of the incident, he urged the court to discharge and acquit the defendant on the ground of insanity.

In his judgment on Thursday  March 28, 2023, Justice Bamidele Omotoso said, ” It is settled that where a plea of insanity succeeds, defendant will be ordered to be confined in a prescribed place to await further order of the appropriate authority.

 ‘’I hereby order that the defendant, Janet Jegede, be kept in custody as a criminal lunatic at Correctional Services Centre, off Afao Road, Ado Ekiti until the Governor’s pleasure be known in line with Section 223 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011” the judge ruled.

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