A 28-year-old woman, Mrs.Rachel Raheem, told an Agege customary court that her husband, Mr. Aliu Raheem, beat her constantly and once stripped her naked in the public.
The husband denied the allegations. Rachel, who lives at 84, Egbabo Street Agege, said her husband was fond of bringing home other women and had sex with them in her presence. According to her, confronting him on his behaviour always led to him beating the hell out of her.
She informed the court that her husband would not give her more than #500 as feeding allowance, but would increase the money to #700 whenever he wanted to have sex with her.
The wife claimed that they had lived as husband and wife for 11 years despite the fact that no formal marriage was contracted and no bride price was paid.
“To my surprise, he got married to another lady secretly, and the lady delivered a baby shortly after l gave birth to my second child”. Rachel alleged that her husband became something else after the second wife moved in. Once, she claimed, he descended heavily on her to the extent that she had to deliver a baby through Caesarian operation. She informed the court that her husband threw her belongings out of the matrimonial home, while she was away in Abeokuta to report the marital problems to her mother-in-law.
The estranged wife said she regretted marrying Aliu, because “he was a very difficult person”. Speaking in the same vein, Chief Oloyede lsaac, who claimed to be Rachel`s father’s childhood friend, testified that Aliu was wicked, adding that he always beat the wife.
Oloyede informed the court that he was the one that encouraged Rachel to institute the divorce case when he could no longer tolerate the way the husband was always stripping his wife naked in pubic. In his defence, Aliu said his wife lacked care for him and the children.
The husband added that Rachel always returned from the market late in the night and that the situation made it difficult for him and the children to eat. He denied beating the wife, but admitted to slapping her when they had misunderstanding sometime ago.The court president, Mr. Emmanuel Shokunle, adjourned the case till August 7 for further hearing.