Two Landlords Fighting Over My Wife, Adegbola Tells Court

“Two landlords are fighting over my wife in our street,” a 54-year-old teacher, Mr Tunde Adegbola, told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Friday.

He accused his wife, Folukemi, with whom he had three children in their 10 years of marriage of infidelity.

“There was a day I heard people shouting in front of my house, I rushed out and saw my wife in the middle of two hefty men, one with a broken bottle and the other with an iron rod.

“My wife was begging them to stop the fight, I was curious to know what was happening. The two married men were threatening to kill each other with those weapons claiming ownership of my legally married wife.

“When the fight turned into violence, our community leaders called the Police who rushed to the scene to calm it. I reported the incident to my wife’s family, she was summoned and she told us that she owned her body and can do anything she want with it,” she said.

The petitioner said that his wife was fetish.

“My wife is diabolical, there was a day she forgot to lock her room and I entered, I saw calabash wrapped in red clothes with some charms inside it. When she came home and I questioned her, she was fighting me for entering her room without her permission.

“She refused to tell me what the calabash and the other charms were doing in her room. Two days later, she packed out of my house to live with one of her concubines, leaving the children behind,” he said.

However, Folukemi, a trader, said that she was not adulterous.

“I am not committing adultery, those men fighting were just my friends,” she said.

The 40-year-old mother of three said that her husband asked her to go to his village for cleansing.

“My husband is forcing me to go to his village for cleansing, I don’t just understand what the cleansing is all about. Two of my husband’s elder brothers’ wives had gone to their village for cleansing, they died few days after returning to Lagos.

“I am afraid because I don’t want to died now,”she said.

She presented as evidence, text messages sent to her by her husband and his family that she should go to his village for cleansing.

The respondent accused her husband of threatening her life to kill.

“Whenever my husband is beating me he used to strangle my neck, threatening to terminate my life. There was a day he beat me and I fainted, he called my parent to come and carry my corpse. He always threatens to pour acid on me in my sleep to disfigure me. I am now afraid to sleep with my two eyes closed,” she said

She begged the court to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of the marriage that she too was no longer interested.

The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case until May 9 for judgment.

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