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On Friday 21st February 2014, Akolade Arowolo was sentenced to death by hanging at a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for the murder of his wife Titilayo in 2011.

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Channels TV was present outside the courtroom. They filmed the 32-year old clutching his bible and singing praises, before breaking down in tears.

79 Comments

  1. i no send

    February 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    very sad..there are no winners here.

    • Author Unknown

      February 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

      You spoke my mind. Just sad.

  2. Marie Antoinette

    February 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Lmao! He cried in other tongues…may God have mercy on him.

  3. Fact

    February 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Can you imagine the arrogance of this fool? “I cannot spend the rest of my life in prison” You killed your wife…stabbed her 74 times and you dare to talk rubbish? OMG! wickedness of man…anyways na death sentence you get not life imprisonment Oloshi.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    February 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Am really feeling for this dude…. Just pray and hope to make heaven man….
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    • North West

      February 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Mr man, are you the same man that intended to type “had I known” and ended up typing “I thy knw”?? (Linda ikeji’s blog). Please go and read your books and stop commenting on blogs up and down. I was taken aback by your spelling. It’s really distasteful when a young man cannot spell.

    • Alero Ruppee

      February 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      North west oooo. Lol. Choi! Na real” I thy know”… Lwkmd

    • aj

      February 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Lmaooooo! thank you for exposing the olodo for who he is!!!

  5. X Factor

    February 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hmmmmmm (deep sigh)

  6. Anon

    February 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oomo jatijati,omo ale! He’s. Evn crying d tears havnt started he’s goin to hell were d devil n his agents would inflict dose injuried he gave his wife! He. Would have evnbin killed immediately he had 2 more years after d murder of his wife! I luv wen justice prevails pls oooo is he to choose d kind of death he wants if its by electrocuting,firing squad or hanging.I luv dis cos of d psychological toture he’s goin tru. Aside dat sef d pain of knowing u would die,I can write on and on,let me leave it here *whoop*i luv wen justice prevails,he who kills by the sword shall die by th sword

  7. porsh

    February 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Why didn’t call Jesus to control his anger 2 years ago..why now abegi.. i have no pity for a human murderer like you..76 stabs ??? smh.

    • SA

      February 23, 2014 at 5:30 am

      Exactly Porsh, why didn’t he ask Jesus t help him control his anger then. Stabbing a human being “76 times, 76 freaking times… i shudder t think what the wife must have gone through. He didnt stab her one, twice or 3 times. 76 times and he is saying he is not going to prison. He is WICKED….

  8. Kemmiethefemminist

    February 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Rot in hell wife killer.So now you know Jesus.Some one you swore to cherish & to keep for better for worse you stabbed 76 times.Thank God she wasn’t my family member your death sentence would have been a slow & tortuous one.So you can have a feel of the pain Titilayo went through.RIP TITILAYO AROWOLO.I hope she made heaven.

  9. dami

    February 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Wth? Is it only me that feel like he’s proud? Totally disgusting.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      February 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Yup! You can see the arrogance my dear!! Jesu ma ku suru oh!! I wouldn’t have cared if he was asking Jesus for mercy…but mr man looks like he is asking for justice!! Arrgh!! I’m totally disgusted by his entire drama. This is why atheist can run their mouths against God, when monsters like this can boldly claim to be His. But like i said…thank God that he is a patient God full of grace sha, cos if na me…na straight thunder to strike his mouth right there in front of the cameras.

    • Sandi

      February 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      You are definitely not the only one. Watched it on the news, I wanted to reach through the tele. Such nonsense.

  10. ade

    February 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Serves you right, continue speaking in tongues in your grave. The guy is fatter as compared to when the incident happened. Was he truly in police custody? He doesn’t look like someone that has been in cell at all.

    • chisom

      February 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

      lol! i swear. he looks well fed. over fed sef. he wasnt evn thinking, cos thoughts alone cAN MAKE U SHED WEIGHT

    • Babygirl

      February 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Yes he was. My church went on prison evangelism to kirikiri maximum and we saw him there. Most prisoners in that prison are actually looking so good. I think government is doing great job with the inmates there and I feel the reason is because most prisoners there are of special interest to the public. He is looking good more than when the case started. But I am happy with the judgement.

  11. 90s

    February 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    May Titi’s soul rest in peace, guy if u really pray wit ur whole heart nd nt jus 4 fear only, God wil definitely av mercy on u cos E is truely a merciful God

    • Chigbo

      February 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Only God knows his heart now. For sure if he had mercy on the condemned criminal at Calgary, even though people were looking and pointing and accusing just like now, He can also have mercy on anyone He chooses.

      It’s too bad. There are no winners here

    • Author Unknown

      February 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

      I agree with you Chigbo on only God knowing his heart and having mercy on him, but Calgary is in Canada. Could be you meant Calvary?

  12. jojo

    February 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    May his soul rest in peace (pieces) lol

  13. I send small

    February 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This one na mad person. If I was his lawyer I for slap am for mout mchew. Amazing how evil people are the ones most scared of evil being done to them. Justice has been served. Well done the judicial system of Nigeria; there’s hope for us.

  14. CarliforniaBawlar

    February 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    He stabbed her 76times….hmmn!! I still can’t get over it no matter how many times i read the details. I keep imagining the scene…how do you keep stabbing your wife, someone you know over and over again that many times?? even if he had the intent to kill…she wasn’t superhuman na…i’m sure a couple of stabs would have ‘done the job’….also he must have been soaked in blood and all! Laishe serial killer?!! Or maybe he is one sha….
    Thank goodness ‘edi’ and ‘asasi’ are not legal defenses in Naija!! Oh thank God! ‘Cause i swear that’s the only believable ‘explanation’ for this madness!!!

  15. Opinion

    February 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    What a shame! If he valued life so much why take another’s life?….very tragic story. I can’t imagine the horror his wife’s family must have felt. He must be mentally unstable or possessed.

  16. slice

    February 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Read somewhere that he had defensive wounds . 21 to be exact and she was nt actually stabbed up to 76 times. I’m quite bothered that one human gets to find someone guilty of murder and decide a sentence. I think we need a jury system in that country

    • Changing Faces

      February 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Go to the US, they have jury system there…

    • mrs chidukane

      February 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      That’s what you read. The doctor that carried out the autopsy said he counted at least 76 stab wounds. Was he lying? He should have pleaded insanity though I suspect his defense knew he was guilty and set him up with that flimsy excuse

    • Kay

      February 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Jury system? My brother/sister, how many Nigerians off the street would you trust with your life?

    • chi-e-z

      February 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      @Kay both the defense and plantiff get to question and observe potential jury members till both sides have agreed on the members picked as objective.

    • jinkelele

      February 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      which defensive wounds please – pathologists documented 76 stab wounds Haba. We have experts and professionals in Nigeria please don’t discredit them. What would he gain by falsifying the number. Any wounds Kolade got were from stabbing her so much, that kind of brutal attack will no doubt leave cuts on him. One of the knives he used was struck so hard the hilt was still stuck in her body.
      The guy is schizo joor… the family is just in denial

    • Opinion

      February 23, 2014 at 5:14 am

      @ slice, Oh please……read somewhere? Is that a fact over riding a long judicial process?….do you realize judgement is made after producing evidence beyond reasonable doubt?..do you think that kind of judgement was easy to make or makes anyone happy?….that one person goes through a lot of hearings and documentation….you read somewhere…seriously?

    • slice

      February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      actually, the same pathologist testified that the defendant had 12 wounds although the pathologist argued some were not deep wounds and others may have been there before the fight. Also a neighbor testified that the def’s hand was injured ….etc etc etc. I can’t say it enough. this is not abt defending the guy. This is about saying there is a reason we have more than one person determine these things. taking a life is the biggest thing the justice system does. We shouldn’t do that without various people having a say

    • slice

      February 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      ***deceased**

    • slice

      February 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      i like how we choose when are where to be confident in Nigeria’s system. We like this judgment so of course, the system worked and we shouldn’t be bothered that the defense argued that he had defensive wounds as well. I’m not saying he didn’t murder her. I’m only saying one person getting to make that decision no matter how well meaning the person, is troubling. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    • sigh

      February 24, 2014 at 1:04 am

      @slice, I’m getting u. Too much power in a single person’s hand is what caused that young girl that Linda Ikeji rescued after 8? yrs in KiriKiri for just stealing a phone. Judges are human too and it’s good for them to have others to ‘check’ their decisions…. BUT I think this is not the time. You also agree that Titi and her fam needed this justice ( I don’t believe in death sentences either but I know this is not d time, I am just happy for Titi n her fam). I think u can submit an article later citing other examples, for now we are happy for Titi.

    • slice

      February 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      @sigh, god knows I truly see wh u r coming from. I’ll say one last thg on that. Those who say njustice in one place is injustice everywh know what they r saying. The system only works well if we insists that it works everytime. A murder case isn’t abt justice for the diseased its abt finding the right person responsible. And its easier to fix a system on the back of a case wh pple actually think the def is guilty. Think abt it, if this guy was thot to be innocent and we cried out now, he’ll probably be long dead by the time the system changes…if it does. I’ll nver forget that ken saro wiwa was sentenced by a judge as well. I was much younger then but everyone I knew thot he was nt guilty and that the judge was corrupt. Before we cld say hey, he was hanged. Pretty much fix it now when it doesn’t matter to u bc when it matters to u, it might be too late. (Of course I’m nt referring to u personally)

  17. bibi

    February 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    He stabbed her 76 times…now he burst into tears.wat wasd he expecting?a standing ovation.

    • Amma

      February 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      A jury system only finds the accused guilty or not guilty . The judge is the only person allowed to hand down sentences. Rip lady I hope your family finally finds the peace they have longed for since you were brutally murdered

    • L'afrique

      February 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Yeah and?
      If you’re answering to slice’s comment, what she’s talking about is having a clear separation of the power/authority to find guilty and then to sentence. Abi?

    • slice

      February 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

      In many U.S. states, only a jury can impose the death sentence. Jodi Arias (boyfriend killer) is about to have another jury case on whether she should be sentenced to death. in this man’s case, the one judge decided he was guilty and that same one judge handed the death sentence. We are putting too much in one person’s hand.

  18. gorgeous

    February 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Ayaaaaaaaa…..i feel so sorry for him…may his soul rest in peace…

  19. Alero Ruppee

    February 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Where’s Rev. Kings who was also sentenced to death by hanging? Well I’m no judge. May God have mercy on your soul that’s if you are genuinely repentant.

  20. Leila

    February 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Hmmmm Bible don suffer for Naija, every devil owns one in this Nation.

  21. Saint tracy

    February 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Why is he fat n looking well groomed? Wearing white shirt for that matter? If he didn’t kill her, how did she die? She fell on a knife? Who does that Biko? Carrying 2 bibles? Where has he been since? In prison ? Plenty questions I want to ask.

  22. KK

    February 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    SMH….why marry if u r going to be fighting and end up killing each other? Na by force?! I hope other Nigerians are watching this. ESPECIALLY those foolish family members who know their relative is in an abusive relationship and continues to ask them to pray……I hope you all are watching…

  23. John

    February 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Not only arrogant but dull and deserves no show of sympathy. His argument wasn’t even in self defense but rather that his wife killed herself….Really! Even without being a legal pro, you can tell beyond reasonable doubt that he killed his wife and forensic evidence proves he stabbed her 76 times. It takes one deep stab to kill a human being but when you inflict 76 stabs on someone, it shows your rage, anger and intent in killing the person with impunity.

  24. Lilly

    February 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    God have mercy on him. I feel for him nonetheless. 🙁

  25. Lara

    February 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been trying to look at this Arowolo’s case(the man that was sentenced to death for stabbing his wife 76 times). I think men that beat their wives also need “HELP”!…(dont get me wrong,-i will neva,neva support domestic violence to women) but i also think we should also look at the what has taken over a man who has turned to evil than good. if a man does not have a job/source of income…you cannot imagine what he can become. Lets just stop this society pressure of who provides the money at home. Why cant couples treat their homes with the peculiarity of their situation and not what we’ve been taught should be.e.g. If the woman provides the money, the man can take care of the kids, household cores and others so the pressure isn’t one sided #justthinking

  26. Vivian

    February 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Slice, the forensic pathologist is not related to the lady and as such has no reason to lie about cause of death. Of course there had to be defensive wounds, the crime scene was reportedly turned upside down when the cops arrived indicating a struggle. Why would she even stab herself? Think about it…even if it’s 3 times sef. A woman with no history of psychosis, a good job n a daughter married to an unemployed man at the time. Justice has been served!

    • slice

      February 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      My dear, I’m not saying the pathologist lied. I’m saying he didn’t explain to us why the man had defensive wounds. Murder is a serious crime and demands thorough investigation and explaination of every reasonable alternative. The defense shd have their own examiner look at a body. There’s no reason we shd believe someone who works for the state. Not saying he lied. I’m just saying I ve questions

    • she

      February 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      If someone tried to put their hand in your eye, would you defend yourself or not? So imagine being stabbed and you can see your life slipping away before your eyes, would you defend yourself or not?

  27. Onu henry Chidi

    February 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I am short of words , I keep replaying the vid where we was praying and crying . Can’t believe a man can stab his wife 76 times without blinking …..

  28. God is so powerful

    February 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    When would he be hung? God what an awful death . Lord have mercy

  29. aj

    February 23, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Lmaooooo! thank you for exposing the olodo for who he is!!!

  30. Cool cat

    February 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Is some one really comparing 21 defensive wounds to 76 fatal stabs? The young lady RIP fought hard for her life, I remember the pictures with her fingers almost severed. This man will rot in hell for sure no matter how many tongues he speaks. He has refused to admit to his crime and beg forgiveness so there can be no mercy for him

  31. Geebabe

    February 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    TWO BIBLES in his hands and he is still lost.

  32. kenny

    February 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    May God continue to help us all. For a man putting his hand on a woman, is unacceptable. We have a choice here as men, know matter how bad the woman is, just walk away its easier and it will save one from a situation like this. This is a pretty sad situation and may God continue to give us the grace to control our emotions and temper.

  33. Mama

    February 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Don’t get it twisted if he repents he will definitely make heaven……that said, women learn how to get out of abusive situations, don’t think of what people and family will say. It’s your life….she was battered repeatedly and still kept going back…you can pray and seek Gods face from outside….what a sad ending to a marriage we all thought beautiful at the beginning …..

  34. Mrs Nwosu

    February 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Me thinks it just dawned on him that he is going to jail for life for real. Oloriburuku.

  35. Bella

    February 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    This guy will make heaven. Because he will ask God for forgiveness just before he dies and god will forgive him. He knows when he will die so he’s prepared

  36. chi-e-z

    February 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I do not know anything about this case than what I have seen just now so can’t comment on that. However, I will like to say the whole court just looked unprofessional and disorganized I didn’t expect that and I don’t like that.

  37. titi

    February 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    this is what happens when a man relinquisha his responsibility yo his wife the

  38. titi

    February 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    this is what happens when a man relinquishs his responsibility then resents and kills his wife, she was taking care of everything yet he still killed her. Am angry and sad. how dare he say it was suicide….. 76 times… she was long dead before d 10th blow. There was so much rahe involved. He deserves the death sentence.

  39. Soraya

    February 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Very hard to feel sorry for a man who stabbed his own wife 76 times and even worse, tried to deflate the blame from himself by claiming the devil prompted his wife to attack him. The sooner the death penalty is executed, the better

  40. Singer

    February 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    This is terrible! I can’t believe our judicial system still approves this barbaric punishment! He killed his wife, yes! But who are we to take another’s life?

    • omada

      February 24, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Abeg \______

    • Omo1

      February 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Are you okay? what is barbaric about a man being sentenced for brutally killing his wife in cold blood. That is the law in any land my friend..He must be your lover or something! Rubbsih!!!!!

    • Geebabe

      February 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      What if she were your sister? Would you still feel the death sentence was barbaric?

    • Nominee

      February 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Nnaaa isi o dikwa gi mma? Translated, your head correct so?

  41. Truth Hurts

    February 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I wouldn’t want to find myself in this situation(neither on both sides ie victim nor culprit) however this has got me thinking..that i need more and more grace in order to show mercy to anyone who offends me no matter the magnitutude and what is more, I just realise that most people are weak and poor when it comes to this quality too. “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”.

  42. Lauren

    February 24, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I think he let his anger control him . If he have plan to kill his wife he will have a better ideas or a plan and a better story to tell .I hope people learn from this that having anger don’t bring any thing good and not to judge him for what he did . Killing his wife was wrong

  43. Love

    February 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Please in all of this, let us remember their little girl in prayers and kind thoughts. She is the real victim here. Imagine the sort of legacy she will grow up with? Hearing of how her mother was killed by her father and how her father was sentenced to death by hanging? May the good Lord have mercy.

  44. omada

    February 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Call me cold-hearted but I feel no sympathy towards him. So many men in Nigeria treat their wives like trash because they can get away with it. Why didn’t he remember the bible when he was beating and brutalising her?

    • Omo1

      February 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Same thing I was going to say..I see a Bible in his hands..Oh so he knew that The Word of God existed..he didn’t think of that as a guide when he was hatching plans of brutally murdering his wife

  45. BIMBY

    February 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This would serve as a deterrent to all men who engage in domestic violence. In as much as I do not support Akolade’s dastardly act, I pray God forgives him and have mercy on his soul.

  46. cocolove

    February 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    The parents i pity so much- of both Titi and Akolade. as they both lost childern. The dead and gone feel nothing. Esu ma sise o . Lets all be prayerful . We need God in everything – choices, timing just everything.

  47. Sandy

    February 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Lmao @ Author U….Calgary ke… But how on earth do you stab someone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9……76 times???? thats just downright demonic so he shouldnt even bring God and those two bible he’s clutching in those murderous hands into this cos he ignored them when he lifted that knife…. Tufiakwa

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