Ikechukwu Ogbonna, the car dealer better known as IVD, has been remanded for manslaughter.
The Lagos-based businessman has been in the public eye since Bimbo, his wife, died in October last year.
A sister to Bimbo had accused IVD of killing Bimbo.
Her family also called on appropriate authorities to ensure justice is served in the matter.
On Tuesday, IVD stood before Adebayo Kafayat Tella of the Lagos state chief magistrates’ court in Ebute Meta.
The court ordered his remand on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
The department of public prosecution (DPP) at the Lagos state ministry of justice recommended his trial.
Consequently, IVD is expected to face trial before a high court, pending which he is to remain in custody.
At the court session, Abubakar Yesufu, the defense lawyer, had prayed to the court to release IVD based on prior bail conditions granted to him.
However, the magistrate insisted that she lacked the jurisdiction to entertain a case of involuntary manslaughter.
The magistrate recommended that the defendant files a bail application at the high court.
Following the court’s verdict, IVD’s case was adjourned to March 7, 2023.
A suspect is charged with manslaughter if there is a reasonable basis to conclude that they killed a human being without malice aforethought, or under circumstances that do not amount to murder.
Bimbo was said to have sustained injuries in a fire incident after a dispute with IVD in their residence in Lekki.
She was rushed to a hospital where she died as a result of the injuries she sustained.
IVD would later be arrested by the Lagos state police command and transferred to the state criminal investigation department (SCID) in Yaba.
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