Pastor Adejare Adebayo, 61, has been remanded in Agodi Prison in Ibadan, Oyo State by an Ibadan Magistrates’ Court for allegedly cutting off his wife’s left breast with a kitchen knife.
This led to the death of the woman.
Adebayo was arraigned before Chief Magistrate F. Richard on Monday on a one-count charge, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The deceased, Risikayat Adegbule, 43, was said to have died few days later as a result of the excruciating pain suffered after losing one of the breast to the knife.
Adebayo is the pastor in charge of Glory Triumphant Chapel, Tose Area, Moniya.
The Prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, had told the court that Adebayo had on December 24, 2016 at 12am at Onikankan village in Ibadan unlawfully caused the death of Rukayat Adegbule by cutting her breast.
Ogunremi stated that the defendant committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Vol. 11 Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap IX Vol. 11 of the Laws of Oyo State.
The Chief Magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison and adjourned further hearing to February 14.
However, family sources told the News Agency of Nigeria that Adebayo told them that he helped the wife cut the other affected breast because she had earlier suffered cancer in her right breast.
He was alleged to have taken the deceased wife to an unknown place for weeks before he resurfaced with the news of her death.
Ogunremi said: “Further investigation revealed that the family members of the deceased had been looking for her only to be called later by the husband informing them of her death.”