An Ebute Meta Magistrates Court in Lagos on Tuesday, January 31, ordered the remand of auto dealer Ikechukwu Daryl Ogbonna, popularly known as IVD, over the death of his wife, Abimbola Martins-Ogbonna.
Magistrate Adebayo Kafayat Tella, made the order following advice by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State, which indicted Ogbonna for involuntary manslaughter.
Mrs Tella while reading out the DPP Advice, stated that the Defendant should be arraigned before the Lagos High Court.
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She further remanded the defendant in custody pending the filing of information against him and his arraignment.
Defense counsel Mr. Abubakar Yesufu however prayed the court to release the defendant based on earlier bail conditions granted him.
But Magistrate Tella held that she lacked the jurisdiction to entertain a case of involuntary manslaughter, hence all bail applications should be presented before the high court.
She adjourned till March 7, 2023.
Recall that IVD lost his wife, Bimbo on 15th October 2022 after a series of alleged domestic violence.
Bimbo was said to have sustained injuries in a fire incident after a dispute with IVD in their residence in Megamound Estate, Lekki on October 15, 2022.
She was rushed to a hospital where she was confirmed dead.
IVD was further arrested by the Lagos State Police Command and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
The couple had been married for 16 years and the union produced five children.
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