- A Danish man accused of killing his wife and daughter has reportedly not been charged to court
- Nielsen is currently being detained by the Lagos state police command
- The accused’s lawyers said the police should give them access to their client as he is presumed innocent till proven guilty after trial
Primera Africa Legal (PAL), the legal representatives of Peter Nielsen, a Danish citizen, who was accused of killing his wife and daughter, said on Tuesday, April 10, said that Nielsen has not been charged with any offence.
The Nation reports that the police are investigating Nielson over the death of his Nigerian wife, Zainab Ali-Nielsen, an artiste popularly known as Alizee, and her four-year-old daughter, Petra.
NAIJ.com gathered that it was alleged that they were murdered in the family’s Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos Island residence in the early hours of Thursday, April 5.
PAL’s Senior Partner, F. Boma Ayomide Alabi, said in a statement that Nielsen “is fully cooperating” with the investigators at the Lagos State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID).
She sought transparent investigation and for access to him by his lawyers, adding that the suspect has not been charged and that the cause of death was unknown.
Alabi said there had been “largely inaccurate and speculative public and media narrative” against her client.
The statement in part: “He has not been charged with any crime yet. The cause of death is still unknown. It is in the interest of justice that an opportunity is availed Mr. Nielsen to defend himself and that the investigation is transparent, factual and unbiased.
“The Nigeria police must allow Mr Nielsen access to his lawyers. In the eyes of the law, he is presumed innocent till proven guilty after an adversarial trial process.
“We, therefore, plead that no one rushes to judgment and that we allow the law take its course,” the statement reads."
Earlier, the Lagos state police command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, said Nielsen was detained at the SCID.
Oti said: “The suspect is from Denmark. He has been arrested and transferred to the State CID, Panti, for a thorough investigation by the Homicide Department.
“The command has also written the embassy on the suspect that the police are investigating one of their nationals.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that following the official statement released by the late singer's record label, acknowledging her death, her younger sister, Gift Madaki, came out to speak on the circumstances surrounding her death.
In a recent interview with NewsGuru, she revealed that she heard her sister scream for help before she died. According to her, Peter had locked the doors making it impossible for them to seek help.
Gift had this to say: "My name is Madaki Gift I am Zainab’s sister, the late Zainab who died. It just happened over night when she finished preparing the food for her husband.The housemaid went to her room and I was the last person to leave the kitchen. So after a while , there was a fight between both of them and she was just shouting “Help Help!!
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