Peter Nielsen, who is a Danish Man has been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, for reportedly killing his beloved wife, Zainab Ali- Nielsen fondly called Alizee and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Petra.
The plea of the 53-year-old Peter Nielsen who was based on a two-count charge of unlawful killing didn’t go down well with Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye, as he was reportedly taken to Ikoyi Prison following based on an application that was filed by the police.
Prosecuting counsel, Effiong Asuquo, has tendered a three-page application, containing 15 grounds for Peter 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.
A chief superintendent of police, Effiong Asuquo, told Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Wednesday that the accused has hit his wife’s head on the wall a number of times which led to her demise and then went further to poison his daughter.
Mr. Effiong Asuquo, a prosecutor, alleged that the accused killed Zainab and her daughter in the house. Mr. Peter 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 go with a death penalty. The case has been adjourned until May 8 pending advice of the state’s director of public prosecution.
The accused has initially denied that he has no hands in his wife’s death, saying that he woke up to find their dead bodies in the kitchen and that they could have been suffocated by gas they have inhaled.
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.