Yewande Oyediran who is standing trial for allegedly killing her husband, Lowo Oyediran was a victim of domestic violence and abuse, a witness, Adewunmi Stella Oyeniran said on Wednesday at the Oyo State High Court Ring road, Ibadan, the Street Journal reports.
Adewumi who is the defendant’s friend of 15 years and colleague at the State Ministry of Justice where Yewande was a Principal Counsel, said she was close to the family before the incident of February 2, 2016 when Lowo met his untimely death. She explained that she got a call from another mutual friend and colleague, Sandra Tella that Yewande’s father called her and asked her to come to Bamby Specialist Hospital, Akobo Ibadan.
She said it was at the hospital she was told that Yewande had a fight with her husband, and that the husband was dead while Yewande was lying unconscious at the hospital. ‘’So, we grieved for a while because Lowo was our friend too before we decided to go to Akobo Police station to meet Yewande’s father’’.
‘’At the police station, we met Yewande’s dad, IPO and the landlord who was writing a statement’’, she said. She explained further that the IPO advised them to go and bring Yewande from the hospital to enable her write her statement. She said when they got back to the hospital in company of two police officers, Yewande could not walk as she was aided by her and Sandra into the waiting car brought by her uncle. According to the defence witness, ‘’Yewande was in pains and extreme groaning oblivious of her environment’’.
Adewumi said the IPO invited a photographer to take her photographs without her clothes on while she too used her mobile phone to take Yewande’s photographs. She disclosed that she went further to do the certificate of the photographs in line with Section 84 of the Evidence Act. The photographs showing bruises sustained by Yewande and the certificate were however, admitted as exhibits by the presiding judge, Mukar Abimbola.
Adewumi admitted that both Lowo and Yewande loved each other immensely ‘’but there was domestic abuse and violence’’. She said there were instances Yewande told her that Lowo beat her. ‘’ I remember an instance when we went for a weeding of a colleague in 2014. Yewande got back home and Lowo came in and started beating her. She asked him why he was beating her and Lowo could not say anything’’. She said the landlady had to come to the aid of Yewande by taking care of the wounds.
Upon cross-examination, Adewumi said she did not visit the family of Lowo to commiserate with them on the death of their son. She also disclosed that Yewande was not aware of her husband’s death at the time she was being taken to the hospital. She further said Yewande had to be taken back to the hospital where she was referred to UCH when she couldn’t write the statement. Adewumi said it was at that point that officers from the State CID came in to whisk her away where the Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP unveiled the death of her husband to her.
The prosecution Counsel, S.S Akinyele told Adewumi that one Mrs Olubunmi Onipede, Yewande’s neighbour, and a witness in the case had earlier told the court that she was taking Yewande and Lowo to UCH before Yewande opted for Bamby Specialist hospital in Akobo. Akinyele however, asked rhetorically how Yewande that was unconscious could instruct Onipede to take her to the hospital in Akobo instead of UCH. Akinyele further faulted Adewumi’s narration, stressing that Onipede took Yewande and Lowo to the hospital and not Yewande’s uncle as claimed by Adewumi.
A doctor from Bamby Hospital, Dr Safiu Kamarudeen Ishola confirmed that he conducted series of tests on Yewande before she was referred to UCH for further treatment. He said she had a bumpy swelling in the left side of her forehead.
Representative of MTN Nigeria did not attend the hearing as the defence counsel; Leye Adepoju told the court that the call logs certificate required by the court could not be readily made available by the Head office of the telecommunication company. Adepoju however, said other witnesses could not be invited until the MTN documents were made available. The presiding judge however, adjourned the case till April 12 for further hearing.