The Supreme Court has discharged and acquitted a woman, Enobong Isonguyo, for murdering her husband, Victor Isonguyo.
The woman and her pastor, Udoka Ukachukwu, who is at large, had been sentenced to death by hanging by the court of first trial and the Court of Appeal upholding the earlier judgement.
The woman and the pastor were dragged before the court for grusome murder of her husband in 2013.
They were charged for allegedly killing Isonguyo, who before his death was a Senior Director with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
The woman and the pastor reportedly burnt the man death inside his Toyota Corolla car around Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State.
After the woman and the pastor’s death sentence by the initial trial court and the appellate court, their counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi, proceeded to the Supreme Court, where the earlier judgements were overturned.
In the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered Justice Mary Odili, the earlier court rulings were described a miscarriage of justice and and therefore, ordered that the woman be released unconditionally.
The Supreme Court resolved that the ruling from the lower court was based on speculation and imagination, which “are not part of the criminal code.”
The pastor, who was sentenced along with the woman in 2013, escaped from prison custody during the 2020 EndSARS protest.