Baba Ijebu: Housewife Sentenced To 7 Years Imprisonment For Stabbing Hubby To Death
An Ikeja High court today sentenced 29-year-old housewife, Onyinyechi
Akunne, to seven years imprisonment for stabbing to death her
35-year-old husband, Abuchi Akunne, with a kitchen knife during an
argument over lotto tickets known as “Baba Ijebu” at their apartment at
No. 85, Idimu Road, Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos on March 28th 2015.
The presiding judge, Justice Josephine Oyefeso,
sentenced her to prison after she pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm
to her husband as against the initial charge of murder. Justice Oyefeso
rejected a clause in the plea bargain agreement where it was proposed
that Akunne should serve a sentence of community service instead of a
“In view of the defendant’s pleading guilty, I hereby find her guilty of
one-count charge of grievous bodily harm. I hereby sentence her to
seven years in prison starting from the day she remanded in prison
custody which was March 28, 2015,” Oyefeso said.
Before she pronounced the sentenced, Akunne’s counsel, Mrs P.O. Onu,
asked the court to temper justice with mercy as Akunne was a mother to a
one year-seven month old daughter.
“The defendant is a first-time offender, she is a mother of a toddler
which she gave birth to while in prison custody. Her daughter is a
year-and-seven months old, she still has a lot to offer to the society”
Justice Oyefeso however ordered that Akunne’s daughter who has been with
her in prison since 2015, be transfered to her relatives once she is
The Lagos state prosecutor, Mrs C.K. Tuiyi-Carena, had told the court how Akunne killed her husband.
“On the day of the alleged murder, Onyinyechi was preparing a meal while
Abuchi was sitting on a chair in their home looking at his “Baba Ijebu”
lottery tickets. Angered by her husband’s action, Onyinyechi scolded
him for his love for gambling and a fight ensued between them. She took
the kitchen knife she was using to cut vegetables and stabbed her
husband fatally in the chest. The stabbing inflicted a deep cut in
Abuchi’s chest which led to excessive blood loss and his eventual
death. The victim died before he could be taken to a hospital by
Onyinyechi and concerned neighbours,” she said.
Akunne was pregnant when the offence was committed and she gave birth to
a baby girl while in custody at the Kirikiri Female Prisons. Akunne’s
baby was in court when she was sentenced.