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How late human rights lawyer was murdered — Witness

A medical doctor,  S. S. Soyemi, from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, yesterday, told a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, that disruption of Jugular veins and sharp force trauma led to the death of late human rights activist, Kunle Fadipe.

In his evidence to the court, led by Mrs Idowu Alakija, the prosecuting counsel, Soyemi, who claimed to have carried out autopsy with two other doctors, informed the court about the result he got from the autopsy he carried out on late Fadipe’s body.

Soyemi gave the evidence, yesterday, at the resumed trial of the suspected killer, Seun Oladapo, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye.

Soyemi maintained while giving account of his findings that the   exsanguinations, disruption of jugular veins and sharp force trauma were what killed the late Fadipe.

“He was brought in a blue navy boxer with a name tag, which bore Alex Kunle Fadipe and the autopsy was carried out on July 10, 2014,” the witness said.

Soyemi further noted that after his examination, he found out that Fadipe sustained several injuries which included three on his fore head, the side of his head and a deep stab wound towards the left side of his back.

“When the body was opened up, I also discovered that there was loss of blood (exsanguinations) and pellet wound that was caused as a result of gunshot,” said the doctor.

The matter was adjourned till December 2, 2015 for continuation of trial.

It was gathered that on July 4, 2014, tragedy struck the home of the human rights lawyer, when he was killed at his home,  Harmony Estate, near Karaole Estate, College Road in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, Lagos.

Oladapo was arraigned on five-count charge of murder, robbery and assault occasioning harm, contrary to Sections 221, 295 (2)(a) and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

Part of the charge read that “Oluwaseun Oladapo  on July 4,  2014 at 0300hr at No 1, Harmony Estate, Ifako-Ijaiye, Iju, Lagos in the Ikeja Judicial Division whilst armed with an offensive weapon, a knife did rob one Kunle Fadipe of a large sum of money and murdered him by stabbing him severally on numerous part of the body.”

“Murdered one Cecilia Owolabi by stabbing her on the chest, assault one Abiola Owolabi and Folahanmi Fadipe by stabbing them with a knife.

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