Danish man in Nigerian prison over deaths of wife, child

A Nigerian court has remanded a Danish man in prison for allegedly murdering his wife and three-year-old daughter in their upscale Lagos residence, police said Thursday.

Danish man in Nigerian prison over deaths of wife, child
A 2007 file photo of Lagos. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP photo/Ritzau Scanpix

Peter Nielsen, 53, appeared before a court in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, on Wednesday to face a two-count charge of killing his wife, Zainab, and their daughter, Petra, on April 5th, a senior police officer told AFP.

“The chief magistrate ordered that Nielsen should be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending legal advice from Lagos state director of public prosecution on a proper trial in the high court,” he said.

The officer said the suspect had hit his wife's head against the wall several times, inflicting fatal injuries.

The police officer said Nielsen later poisoned his daughter and tried to cover up the murders as a domestic accident.

Zainab, a 37-year-old singer popularly known as Alizee, was a rising Nigerian star.

The case, which has generated media attention and publicity in Nigeria, a country where domestic violence is receiving more attention, has been adjourned to May 8th.

Last month, the Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode led a march against domestic violence in support of a 25-year jail term for rapists.


Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.