My Husband Almost Strangled Me To Death, Wife Tells Lagos Court

A 44-year-old woman, Susan Lijadu, on Tuesday [May 10], told a Lagos Customary Court that her husband, Folarin, almost strangled her to death due to his aggressiveness and jealousy. Folarin, 47, had in April urged the court to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage for alleged lack of trust and love.

Susan, a mother of four, told the court that their marital problem started in year 2000 when her husband became blind as a result of a motor accident.“Since he became blind everything about him has changed. He once tried to kill himself but I pleaded with him and assured him that everything will be well. He also became aggressive toward me and one day he nearly strangled me to death and if not for our neighbours, who came to my rescue I would have been dead".

“Three years ago he ordered me to buy a cockerel, three Kola nuts, Bitter cola and alligator pepper. I was stripped naked in the presence of one herbalist from Ondo State and was told to swear that no other man will ever see my nakedness or have any sexual intercourse with me except my husband. All the items were buried in a hole dug in front of our room,’’ she said.

Susan told the court that her husband, who did not make the same covenant with her, had now impregnated one of their tenants and wants to divorce her. “My husband wants to dump me after putting an embargo on me,’’ she said.

Folarin denied forcing his wife to swear an oath, adding that she was the one who urged him to make her take the oath and that he did not swear with her. He said that he filed for the dissolution of their marriage when he could not control her.

The Court President, Mr Awos Awoshola, reprimanded them on the oath taking.
“No one can predict what will happen tomorrow, we humans are always changing. We want something today, that thing might become what we detest tomorrow,” Awoshola said.

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