The Lagos State Government said all is set for the prosecution of a Danish national, Peter Nielsen for the murder of his Nigerian wife, Zainab, and three-year-old daughter, Petra, in Banana Island area of Ikoyi on April 5, 2018.
A statement issued and signed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said a forensic investigation into the matter revealed overwhelming and compelling evidence to the effect that the suspect killed his wife and daughter.
It noted that a prima facie case (evidence) of murder had already been established against the suspect in line with Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, adding that he would soon be arraigned at the High Court of Lagos State for the crime.
According to the statement, “The Office of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice on the 19th of April, 2018 issued Legal Advice to the effect that a prima facie case of murder, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, has been established against the suspect, Peter Nielsen (M) – a Danish National. The suspect is, therefore, to stand trial before the High Court of Lagos State for the murder of his Nigerian wife and 3-year-old daughter”.
“There is overwhelming and compelling evidence both forensic and direct eyewitness account showing without a doubt that the victims were killed by the suspect. There is also evidence that there was a history of domestic violence against the victim by the suspect”, the statement added.
Recall that between the 5th and 6th April, 2018, the people of Lagos State woke up to the news that a mother and daughter – Zainab Nielsen and Petra Nielsen – were allegedly murdered in their residence at Banana Island, Lagos.
The matter was later reported to the nearest Police State and the Nigeria Police immediately began an in-depth investigation into the case. On the 10th of April, 2018 the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Nigeria Police Force ‘D’ Department (CID) Panti, Yaba forwarded the duplicate case file of their investigations to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice for legal advice.