Monday, November 25, 2013
Doctor arraigned for allegedly killing pregnant woman during abortion
Medical Doctor, Edeye Monday, had a case to answer over his alleged
murder of a 22-year-old pregnant woman, Tolani Aderoju.
The Police Prosecutor, Godwin Anyanwun, while arraigning Mr. Monday in
court on July 31, 2012, said the accused on May 29, 2012, injected Ms.
Aderoju with some unknown drugs, while attempting to abort her
The prosecutor had told the court that Ms. Aderoju's mother, in her
complaint, said her daughter had informed her that she was pregnant
for one Mufutau Alonge.
She said that Mr. Alonge had taken her daughter to Monday's private
clinic for an abortion.
According to the prosecutor, the accused, after injecting Ms. Aderoju
with drugs, but could not terminate the pregnancy, rushed her to
another hospital, where she died.
Mr. Anyanwun, a police inspector, said that the offence contravened
Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, and that the
penalty was the death sentence.
But the court adjourned the matter till Nov. 25 to await the advice of
the State Director of Public Prosecution's (DPP) on the matter, while
it ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the Magistrate,
Adekorede Ajibade, said: "a murder case has been established against
"Consequently, his case will be transferred to a court of superior record".
She said that legal advice from the DPP had established a prima facie
case of unlawful killing against the accused.
Ms. Ajibade consequently ordered that the case file be transferred to
the High Court, for trial.