Barrister Jude A. Uwa-ahaa-lam
On December 25th 2016, while Nigerians were celebrating Christmas in their various homes, a house wife; Christina Odo and her husband Romanus Odo were engaged in a life and death feud over provision of money for Christmas food which the husband failed to provide. The feud allegedly resulted to the death of Romanus Odo from injury consistent with knife stab.
Eyewitness Reporters gathered that the sad incident which threw the community into confusion happened at 2 London Barber street, Majidun, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. It was gathered that the mother of eight has asked the husband for money to cook for the family. The refusal of the husband who was said to be a habitual drunk led to a fatal fight.
Report of what actually transpired remains hazy, but the homicide Department of Panti insists that Christiana Odo picked a butcher’s knife and butchered her husband to death.
She was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, contrary to section 229 of the Criminal Law Cap C.17, Vol 3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
While the narrative of Christians Odo’s lawyer was that their client fled from the husband when he picked his butcher’s knife to butcher her. That it was while he was chasing her that he fell on the knife he was holding and fell on the knife which severed a very vital artery.
According to Jude Uwa-ahaa-lam of Greystone Solicitors, Christiana Odo returned home late from Jibowu where she sells rice and pepper soup. Her husband who was at home waiting for her, numbed with alcohol, accused her of infidelity. An argument ensued. It was that argument that resulted on the husband unleashing domestic violence on her and subsequently picked his own butcher knife to butcher her. Sensing danger, she took to her heels and the husband went after her.
The death is a freak accident as the husband while chasing her, fell on the butcher’s knife he was holding and severed a very vital artery.
Trial has been concluded before Hon Justice A. Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court and the case subsequently adjourned to 1st of June 2021 for adoption of written addresses and subsequent judgement.