Prince Adewale Oyekan murdered Alhaja Sikirat Ekun, a businesswoman and politician, on 1 October 2012, the Ikeja High Court in Lagos heard. The Nigerian prince was sentenced to death by hanging for strangling his boss to death and dumping her body in a well.
A Nigerian prince was sentenced to death by hanging for strangling his boss to death and dumping her body in a well.
Prince Adewale Oyekan murdered Alhaja Sikirat Ekun, a businesswoman and politician, on 1 October 2012, the Ikeja High Court in Lagos heard.
Oyekan, who managed Ekun’s restaurant, paid her former domestic servant Lateef Balogun N6,000 to kill her, the prosecution said, according to local news website.
The pair strangled the 62-year-old woman before throwing her body down a 1,000ft well in her home. They then attempted to conceal the corpse with a generator and gas cylinder.
Oyekan and Balogun then took over Ms Ekun’s businesses and property, the prosecution said.
When friends and family text Ms Ekun to find out where she was, Oyekan used her phone to tell them she had travelled to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, for the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“Following worry from members of Ekun’s family, and after an extensive search, her corpse was found two months later, in December 2012, by well diggers and fire fighters,” Akin George, the lead prosecutor, said.
“The convicts had placed a generator, a gas cylinder and other household items on the corpse to conceal it in the 1,000ft well.”
Oyekan, 50, and Balogun, 27, have been in custody for the last seven years. They were both sentenced to death by Justice Raliat Adebiyi in December 2019.
Ms Adebiyi said the prosecution had proved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder beyond a reasonable doubt.
She said: “For this reason the first and second defendants are hereby sentenced accordingly on each of count one and two to death by hanging. May God the giver of life have mercy on your soul.”
Oyekan is the son of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, king of Lagos, who died in 2003.
In 1965, Adeyinka was installed Oba and subsequently became a member of the Western House of Chiefs; this was during a crisis in the western region of Nigeria which resulted in loss of lives.
He reigned as Lagos Monarch from 1965 till 2003. Adeyinka Oyekan was the second Christian Oba of Lagos, the first being Ibikunle Akitoye. He was considered a pacifist and bridge builder during his reign.
Adeyinka Oyekan was also a pharmacist under the Methodist Mission at Amachara and Umuahia in the then East Central State of Nigeria. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Third Field Ambulance 81st (W.A.) Division. After his military service he was employed with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
Adeyinka Oyekan II (June 30, 1911 – March 1, 2003) was Oba of Lagos from 1965 to 2003.