Danish national, Peter Nielsen, who was arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, was remanded for reportedly killing his wife, Zainab Ali- Nielsen a.k.a Alizee and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra.
The plea of the 53-year-old who was docked on two count charge of unlawful killing, was not taken by Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye, as he was reportedly taken to Ikoyi Prison following an application by the police.
Prosecuting counsel, Effiong Asuquo, tendered a three-page application, containing 15 grounds for Nielsen’s remand in prison.
“There is overwhelming forensic evidence linking the defendant to the assault and murder of his wife and daughter. Investigation has also shown that the defendant was habitually violent to his late wife, Zainab” he said.
Effiong Asuquo, a chief superintendent of police, told a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Wednesday that the accused hit his wife’s head on the wall several times leading to her death and then proceeded to poison his daughter.
Mr. Asuquo, a prosecutor, alleged that the accused killed Zainab and her daughter in the house. Mr Nielsen allegedly committed the offences on Wednesday at his residence at Block 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi.
“The accused who was always at loggerheads with his wife had hit her head on the wall several times leading to her death; he also proceeded to poison his daughter.
“He had dragged their lifeless bodies under the gas to create the impression that they suffocated to death as a result of a gas leakage,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Sections 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and carries death penalty. The case has been adjourned until May 8 pending advice of the state’s director of public prosecution.
The accused initially denied culpability in the murder, stating rather that he woke up to find the bodies in the kitchen and that they could have been suffocated by gas.
Popular singer, Harrysong, has also joined the list of Nigerians calling for justice over the death of the Nigerian artiste. Alizee was billed to perform at Harrysong’s ‘Kingmaker Concert’ at the Warri Stadium in May.
A native of Kogi State, Nigeria, she was set to promote her January 2018 single, ‘Alhaji Musa’, before the alleged murder. The 29-year-old singer signed a two-year record deal with an Asian record label, Petra Entertainment, in 2017.
The deal reportedly earned her a new Ford Explorer SUV, a house on Banana Island and international distribution with affiliates of her record company in Asia.