Details have emerged of how Akolade Arowolo, a jobless graduate, suspected to have killed his banker wife, Titilayo, last Friday was arrested by the police.
Akolade was arrestedon Saturday at their residence at 8, Akindehinde Street, Isolo around 11pm.
“He came back to his flat the next day at about 11 pm; perhaps,to pick up a few things before making good his escape. Policemen had already laid ambush and were waiting. He was immediately arrested.
Titilayo’s family have been contacted and they have taken custody of her daughter. Kolade is now in the custody of the SCID, Panti,” the source, a policeman, said.
Prior to his arrest, we gathered that some policemen had flagged down Kolade’s car around Aye Bus stop, Isolo and quizzed him on account of the bloodstains on his clothes but he tricked the policemen and escaped.
The source said, “Kolade escaped on Friday after the murder when some policemen apprehended him somewhere around Aye Bus Stop. He was covered in blood and even passersby thought he had been involved in an accident.
“When they stopped him and started quizzing him, Kolade collapsed on the ground pretending to have fainted. As they were making efforts to revive him, he immediately got up and rushed across theroad,nearly killing himself in the process because he was knocked down by a car. To the surprise ofthose present, he justpicked himself up, boarded a bike and fled. Kolade’s car was immediately seized and taken to the Aswani Police Station, Isolo.”
Another source at theSCID told one of our correspondents that when Kolade was quizzed, he simply said, “It was the devil’s handiwork.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Mr. Samuel Jinadu, confirmed Kolade’s arrest to our correspondents on thephone, adding that investigations were still ongoing.
At the residence of the couple, a neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Arowolos had frequent quarrel, which often resulted in fights.
The source said, “I cannot say for sure what led to her murder. I was aware they fought frequently but because it rained heavily that Friday morning, I don’t think anyone heard their noise. The next day(Saturday), her body was discovered; I came back from an outing to meet a hugecrowd on the street. I was shocked to learn that Titilayo had been murdered by her husband. Although they had frequent fights, no one expected this.
“I never really had cause to relate with Kolade because I live with a sibling who rented this flat. I was surprised to learn thatArowolo was married because he frequentlybrought in different girls every day to his flat. As a result, I never knew who his wife was.”
The source also described the murder scene as gory, saying “Arowolo was stabbed severally in her chest and her eyes gouged out; in fact, her husband mutilated her. I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the pictures some of the neighbours took with their phones.”
Another neighbour said, “I don’t live here,although I run a business on this street. I learnt that the man murdered his wife and escaped after dropping off their two-year-old daughter at a day carecentre.
When the parents did not come for the child,the day care employees were worried and came to look for them. There was no one at home and it seemed none ofthe parents could be reached. Matters came to a head the next day when a putrid odour was coming out from the Arowolos’ flat. I don’t know if it was the neighbours or the day care employees that called the police but they just came here and before you know it, a crowd had gathered.”
At Skye Bank, Marina branch, where Titilayoworked until the time of her murder, her colleagues were still mourning.
One of Titilayo’s colleague, who was recently transferred, told Punch that the deceased was hardworking and was reportedly due for a promotion.
Describing her relationship with the deceased emotionally, she said, “I’ve known Titi for more than three years. Titi was working at Skye Lounge Victoria Island.She was later transferred to Adeola Hopewell before joining the Marina branch over a year ago.
“She joined Skye bank around 2007 and I can tell you that she neverreceived a query from the bank. That is to show you how committed she was to her job.”
Although she said there were times Titilayo came to officewith injuries, the source said nobody suspected that she was being abused because she did not discuss her problem with her colleagues.
She said, “There was a day she came to work in bandage but when I asked her howshe sustained injuries,she said she fell from an okada.
“Two weeks ago, another colleague sawmarks on her hands but when asked how she got the bruises, she said she slipped and fell in the house.