One of Nigeria’s decorated sportsmen and renowned wrestler, John Eke Uti a.k.a Power Uti has been accused of killing his wife Toyin and locking up her body to decompose.
Uti was arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrates Court on Tuesday, on a two-count charge of murder and disrespect of corpse.
However, the Magistrate, Folarin-Williams, after careful consideration of both the prosecution and defence submissions, said she is not convinced that the accused actually killed his late wife.
Subsequently, she granted the accused bail in the sum 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 should be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) for legal advice.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 10 about 10.25 p.m. at No. 17, Oremeji St., Ilupeju, Lagos.
He alleged that the accused beat his wife, Toyin, 38, to death and abandoned the corpse in a room to decompose, an offence which contravened Sections 165(a) and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
John Eke Uti, a former world wrestling champion, was first taken to Ilupeju Police Station before being transfered to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.
John “Power” Uti, 55, could be sentenced to death, if found guilty.