Popular wrestling champion, John Eke Uti (aka Power Uti), was on Tuesday brought before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly killing his wife, Toyin.
55yrs old Uti was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a two-count of murder and disrespect of corpse.
But after going through the case file, Magistrate Folarin-Williams said she did not see anything both in the accused’s statement and in the police investigations to show that the accused killed his wife and quashed the remand application brought by the police.
She, therefore, admitted the accused to a bail of N500,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum, who must be blood relations and also work with reputable organisations.
She directed that the case file be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the State DPP for legal advice.
Earlier, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, the prosecutor, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on October 10 about 10:25pm at No. 17, Oremeji St., Ilupeju, Lagos.
He alleged that Uti beat his wife, Toyin, to death and abandoned the corpse in a room to decompose. But there is no evidence to support this claim thus far.
Uti, a former world wrestling champion, was first taken to Ilupeju Police Station, then transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
The offences contravened Sections 165(a) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
NAN reports that if found guilty, the accused faces a death sentence.
The case has been adjourned until November 15.