Oyelowo Oyediran, the 35 year old France based businessman that was murdered by his wife, Yetunde, in Ibadan, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, will be buried on Friday, February 26, 2016, in Gbogan, Osun State barring any last minute change of mind by the family.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that before the burial, a wake-keep will be held at Pentecostal Fellowship Assembly, Iju Road, Lagos, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 5pm.
The wake-keep is organized by the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Julis Olaolu Orowunmi, who is the only half brother from his mother, Oyelowo had before he died.
ENCOMIUM Weekly further gathered that the wake-keep by Pastor Julius Orowunmi has generated controversy amongst the family members, particularly Oyelowo’s half sisters who felt he was too young to be celebrated in death.
Not only that, they were also said not to be happy with their brother, Pastor Orowunmu for printing obituary posters of Oyelowo. As far as they (the sisters) were concerned, Oyelowo was like a baby to all of them (being their mother’s last child) and therefore they should not be celebrating his death with a wake-keep and colourful obituary posters. We gathered that the sisters would have preferred a quiet burial in Gbogan, Osun State.
Late Oyelowo Oyediran was the only child his mother had for the Ajanakus and was the last child of his mother’s six children. The first five children of his mother were for the Orowunmis. They include Pastor Julius Orowunmi, who is the second child of their mother and four women who we could not get their names before going to the press.
Meanwhile, the murder case against Oyelowo’s wife, Yewande Oyediran has been transferred from the Chief Magistrate Court, Ibadan to High Court of Oyo State before the Chief Judge, Justice Mukuathar Abimbola.
Yewande was brought to the court on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in the Agodi Prisons ambulance bus.
Like she did during her appearance at the Chief Magistrate Court, Iyayanku the previous day (Tuesday, February 16, 2016) by covering her face with a wrapper, the same thing she did that Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
The trial will begin on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The prosecuting counsel, Tajudeen Abdul-Ganiyu told the court he had eight witnesses to testify in the case. The Oyediran family did not like the fact that Yewande was brought to the court on two occasions in an ambulance rather than Black Maria.
This further raised their suspicion that Yewande; being a lawyer in the Directorate of Public Prosecution of the Ministry of Justice in the state, may be getting preferential treatment and the family may not get justice.
This probably explained the reason why the Oyediran family wrote a letter to the Oyo State Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice asking for impartial independent lawyers to prosecute the case on behalf of the government.
The letter which was written on behalf of the Oyediran family by their Counsel, Kehinde Adesiyan partly read:
“Whilst the family appreciates your efforts, it feels that for there to be justice to all stakeholders, it will be fair and appropriate for impartial, independent lawyers to prosecute.
“Needless to say that, the refusal of this application for fiat to prosecute this matter will violate the principles of fair hearing and natural justice.
“As we all are aware that justice is a three-way traffic for the accused, the victim and the society.
“In view of the above explanation, we most respectfully apply for the fiat of the Ministry of Justice for private lawyers to prosecute this case on behalf of the ministry and the government.”
Late Oyelowo Oyediran and Yewande Oyediran were husband and wife. They got married on February 9, 2013, after a courtship of just two months or thereabout.
There was a disagreement between them over the issue of Oyelowo having a love child in his base in France which the wife got to know about. The issue was said to have been resolved by elders and members of the family.
However, a week after the issue was said to have been resolved, Yewande stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors on the shoulder and the husband bled profusely. Neighbours, including the landlord of their Abidi Odan Street, Akobo area of Ibadan, took the husband to the hospital where he was treated.
On returning from the hospital, Yewande was alleged to have pleaded with her husband that it was the devil that pushed her to stab him. She was said to have enjoined neighbours to help in pleading with her husband.
A few hours after this, dead in the middle of the night, a loud noise was said to have emanated from their apartment again, the husband shouted for help. But attempt by neighbours to enter their apartment was rebuffed as Yetunde said they should mind their business because it was a family matter between husband and wife.
It was the profuse bleeding that made O