What money can do to the mind of an individual is unimaginable.

Ibrahim Useni could not believe that his hard earned money from days of lifting water and carrying it on his shoulder had gone down the drain.

You see, his girlfriend whom he had asked to offer services that a bank should have offered, made away with all his money she was supposed to be saving.

Unable to withstand the disappointment, Ibrahim allegedly killed her.

Daily contribution, popularly referred to as 'Esusu' in Lagos was the service Jenifer Odiase was providing to Ibrahim, but she never knew that same service would take her life if she deeps her hand in the piggy bank. 


Ibrahim stood in the dock in Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, looking confused as he faced trial for allegedly killing Jenifer.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Okubule, ordered the remand of the accused at the Ikoyi Prisons pending an outcome of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The accused, a water vendor popularly known as “mai ruwa”, whose plea was not taken was arraigned at the court on a murder charge.

Earlier, Chinalu Uwadione, the police prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 25 at about 2 p.m, at Harry Hotel, Badagry Expressway.

He alleged that the accused used a knife to slit the throat of his girlfriend because the deceased had spent the daily contribution which he kept in her care.

"The accused had asked the deceased to hand over the daily contribution from the sales he made from fetching and selling water which he kept in her care, but the deceased could not produce the money and in anger, Useni brought out a knife and slit her throat,” the prosecutor said.

The offence contravened Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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The law stipulates a death sentence for convicts.

Okubule ordered that the accused be kept behind bars.

She adjourned the case till Jan. 19, 2018, pending receipt of the legal advice.

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