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Lagos DPP Files Manslaughter Charge Against Auto Dealer IVD

The Lagos State Government, through the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), has filed a case of involuntary manslaughter against Lagos-based auto dealer, Ikechukwu Ogbonna, popularly known as IVD, before the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja, over the death of his wife, Bimbo.

In October 2022, the late Bimbo died in a fire incident that occurred at his residence in the Lekki area of Lagos State. The auto dealer has been accused of involuntary manslaughter by the DPP, which is a violation of Section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos.

Ikechukwu pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the trial has commenced before Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay.

DSP Fetuga Olatunji, who was led in evidence by counsel to the Lagos State Government, confirmed that the late Abimbola had filed a petition against her husband before her demise.

DSP Fetuga Olatunji, who was led in evidence by counsel to the Lagos State Government, confirmed that the late Abimbola had filed a petition against her husband before her demise.

“The AIG gave a directive to effect the arrest of the defendant (Ikechukwu) for attempted murder, threat to life, domestic violence, and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. When we learned that the matter was reported at the Ajah Police Station, a signal was sent that both the case file and the suspect be transferred to the zonal headquarters. My team obtained a statement from Abimbola’s mother because she (Abimbola) was not in the right state of health.

However, two days later, while waiting for the case file alongside the suspect to be brought to Zone 2, another piece of information came: Abimbola had died.

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At that point, the AIG ordered that the matter be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, for proper investigation,” DSP Olatunji said.

The presiding judge then adjourned the case until December 13, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.

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