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Banana Island residents protest alleged military invasion, waylay Buratai

There was a mild drama on the Banana Island Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Saturday after residents waylaid the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who had allegedly visited the estate to inaugurate a project.

Buratai, our correspondent learnt, had been invited by the Nigerian Army Properties Limited to commission an estate, Apple Island, inside Banana Island, when the residents mobilised against the inauguration.

The Chief of Army Staff, who was taken aback by the blockage, appealed to the protesters, who alleged militarisation of the estate and destruction of their jetty by soldiers.

“I was actually supposed to come here yesterday (Friday) and I put it off for certain reasons. I decided to come here to see what the position is. I came here to see the general area first of all.

“But now, nothing is going to happen without following the due process to consult you for your view. Rest assured, we are here for your interest and the interest of the country,” Buratai said in a video of the incident.

The Chief of Army Staff was said to have left without cutting the tape, just as he allegedly ordered that the project board earlier put up for the occasion be removed.

A resident, Tokunbo Wahab, told our correspondent that a battalion of soldiers had created panic last Monday when they stormed the estate.

He claimed that the armed men destroyed the estate jetty fence and signboard on the premise that it was part of the Apple Island.

He said, “On Monday, May 28, the eve of Democracy Day, some armed military men came to destroy our jetty and everything we had there. They came in through the estate gate and stationed themselves there till Friday. They claimed to be acting on the orders of the Nigerian Army Property Limited. Despite our protest, they wanted to go ahead with the inauguration.

“On Friday, some of us challenged the illegality of militarising the estate and we asked them to leave. Around 4pm, the soldiers were withdrawn.

“However, on Saturday, we saw armed policemen and we decided to mobilise as residents when we got the information that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, was on his way to inaugurate the said Apple Island.

“We decided to form a human shield as he was coming down from his car. We expressed our anger at the militarisation of a civilian estate and the destruction of our property. We told him that we had approval to have a jetty on the estate which they claimed was the take-off point of their Apple Island. We also said they could not use an existing estate as an access to another estate.”

Wahab, who showed our correspondent a video clip of the encounter, said the COAS appeased them by saying he had only visited to see the site.

He added that the military boss promised that the damage would be repaired and nothing would be done without the consent of the residents.

“We do not have a problem with Apple Estate. However, our concerns are that they want to use Banana Island access road by destroying the play area, the recreation area and the jetty area. They want to use them as access to their own Island. We do not agree because they will be disrupting the master plan of our estate and killing people’s investments. Banana Island is what it is because some people invested their money, resources and time,” he said.

Another resident, Wale Oladapo, claimed that the estate had approvals to use the site for a jetty.

He showed our correspondent a document dated July 2017 and reportedly issued by one M.J. Sambo of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWAL) which approved the jetty construction.

Another document, said to have been issued by the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, approved another part of the estate for recreational purposes.

“We called NIWAL and other agencies that issue approval to ask if they were aware of these people, but the agencies denied them, including the Lagos State Government. We asked them to show one approval, but they could not. However, we have our approvals from the Federal Government.

“Everybody is in panic because the Saturday experience was horrible. The army took control of everywhere. Nobody could move or do anything. This is a family estate, not a war zone,” he added.

The Vice Chairman of the Banana Island Property Owners and Residents Association, Mr Biodun Jegede, said the residents were worried for their security and safety if Banana Island Estate was used as access to the proposed new estate.

“There is no study to show the environmental impact assessment of the proposed island on this estate because we know these things need to be thoroughly thought about. This estate is a closed unit. If you decide to cut through it to open another estate, you are opening us up to danger.

“It is also high time we stemmed the occurrence of illegality in this country. If a land has been allocated for a purpose, and it is to be reversed, it should be done the right way. Not by somebody coming up and proposing something that was not there in the first place. You don’t need to kill something good to create another good item,” he added.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Army Properties Limited, Gen. Umaru Mohammed (rtd), did not pick his calls and had yet to respond to a text message sent to him on Tuesday.

An official of the company, who spoke to our correspondent, referred PUNCH Metroto the project developer, Mr. Jide Ayoade, of Taurauf International Limited.

Ayoade, however, said the access road was constructed by the Federal Government.

He said, “Go to the area in question and take a picture of it and the road, then go to the Federal Ministry of Lands, Works and Housing in Lagos and look at the survey. That road was established for over 30 years now and was done by the government. So, if government leaves a project and comes back to it, I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.

“When they say they have a recreational centre; ask them where the land that was originally earmarked for recreation was. They sold it among themselves.

“The estate is owned by the Federal Ministry of Works, Land and Housing. Check the layout of the estate. It is the ministry that owns it; they  (Banana Island Estate residents) don’t even give them  (ministry of works, land and housing) access to their own estate. The Federal Government constructed the road and gave it to the estate to manage.”

My husband sneaks at night to sleep with my maid, woman tells court

A 36-year-old trader, Mrs Florence Anyasi, on Wednesday, told a Customary Court in Igando, Lagos State to dissolve her 10-year-old marriage because her husband, Stanley, is a chronic womaniser.

She told the court that apart from numerous cases of his following women around, her husband used to sneak into their maid’s room to sleep with her.

“My husband is a womaniser, he used to leave me in the bed at night and sneak into my maid’s room. I have caught him severally on my maid’s bed sexually assaulting her.

“A neighbour approached me and told me to warn my husband to desist from asking her daughter to have love affairs with him.

“I once caught him sucking the breasts of my niece, who is a minor and he is also fond of wooing my friends,” the mother of three said as she reeled out her grievances before the court.
Anyasi also accused the husband of threatening her life.

“My husband always tells me that he will get rid of me and had once succeeded in poisoning me.

“He bought food for me and after eating, I started having serious pain and vomiting, I was rushed to the hospital by neighbours. When I was diagnosed, it was detected that the food I just ate had been poisoned.”

The petitioner said that her husband equally turned her into a punching bag, beating her at the slightest provocation, and has been calling her thief and prostitute in public.

The woman stressed that her husband was irresponsible and unable to provide food or pay for the education of their children.

She, therefore, urged the court to dissolve her marriage with Stanley.
The defendant, however, denied all the allegations and in turn accused his wife of adultery, claiming that her lover even bought a car for her.

“In January 2017, she came home with a car of N1 million. When I queried her where she got the car from, she claimed she bought it with her money.

“I strongly disagreed with her because she is only selling foodstuffs and can never afford that kind of a car.”

The 40-year-old businessman said that his wife packed out of their matrimonial home in 2017 without his knowledge.

“I came home from work and discovered that my wife had packed all her belonging out with the children to start living with her lover.

“I called her severally, she refused to pick but she eventually picked my call last January and informed me that our last baby she delivered in May 2017 was not mine, that the child belonged to the man she is presently living with.

“Before she even gave birth and packed out of my house, I always received information from people that they saw my wife in hotel with men but I always ignored them.”

Stanley said that he provided food and was paying the school fees of their children.

On the allegation of turning her to a punching bag, Stanley said that he only beat her once when she stabbed him with bottle on his head.
The respondent urged the court to grant his wife’s wish for the dissolution of marriage, saying that he too was no longer interested.

The court president, Mr Akin Akinniyi, admonished the couple to maintain peace and fixed July 3 for judgement.

Niece sets uncle ablaze in eviction bid

A 39-year-old woman, Sholade Adegoke, who allegedly set her uncle ablaze over refusal to move out of her apartment, was on Thursday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Adegoke, who resides at No. 23, Oyenuga St., Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on assault.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ikechukwu Edumodior, told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 12, at the same address.

Edumodior said that the accused had told her uncle, Mr Ibikunle Akinpelu, who was looking for accommodation, to occupy a two-bedroom at Onyenuga Street for a period of time.

He stated that the accused explained to her uncle early in 2017 that she needed to rent out the apartment and insisted that he should move out before the end of the year.

The prosecutor said that the accused, who was tired of waiting for her uncle to move out, had confidently walked into her uncle’s room, poured a keg of petrol on him and immediately lit a match that set him on fire.

He added that neighbours who saw her with a match and the keg reported the incident at the police station.

The prosecutor noted that the offences contravened Sections 173 and 245 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.I Adelaja, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Adelaja adjourned the case until June 11, for trial.

(NAN)

Football academy owner arrested for allegedly shaving children’s pubic hair

A football academy owner, Victor Achidume, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly shaving the armpits and pubic hair of some children for alleged ritual purposes.

The 43-year-old was alleged to have given the children between N100 and N200 after shaving their pubic hair.

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, during a press briefing on Monday said six victims had testified against the suspect.

He said, “Victor Achidume, a suspected cult member, lured some young people, aged between 11 to 15 years, to his house after a football game, shaved their armpits and pubic hair ostensibly for ritual purposes, and thereafter gave them between N100 and N200. About six boys came forward and said there were still some of their colleagues, who they were going to come forward.

“Naturally, the suspect denied the allegation. However, I was quick to ask him a question – Is there any possible reason why the young boys will want to tell lies or frame you? Of course, he had no reasonable answer to that question.

“Investigation reveals that the man takes these children to his house, which is improper. We expect that if he is running a football academy as he claims, the children should be taken to a sports arena and not his private house.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the Delta State indigene owned Magico Football Academy, Agege.

The suspect denied the allegations saying, he was a victim of blackmail.

He said, “Each time they are going to school, they come to the front of my house and I throw N500 or N1,000 to them.

“They say that their parents don’t buy books for them and they had not eaten. They never entered my house. I have never shaved them before.

The kids are here, look at them; do they look like kids that are losing weight? Even some of these kids, do they have hair? They are young; who has checked them to confirm if it is true or not? It is unfair. You have not confirmed your fact and you are putting me before the press to defame my personality, integrity and character. I never did it.”

Our correspondent learnt that the matter became public  knowledge when one of the victims, Seun Salaudeen, reportedly started losing weight.

He was said to have told his parents that he had been going to Victor’s house, where the suspect shaved his armpit and pubic hair.

Salaudeen said that the suspect had allegedly shaved his pubic hair six times.

“Whenever he shaved my hair, he talked about football to distract me. The last time he shaved my pubic hair was on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and he told me not to tell my parents,” he added.

Another victim, Oluwadare Ifeoluwa, who confirmed Salaudeen’s account, said the suspect had inspected his own pubic hair as well.

“After three weeks of knowing me, he asked me if I had reached puberty stage.  I said no. He then checked and asked if I had shaved my pubic hair before. I said yes. He then said that I should not worry,” he added.

Woman drugs, kidnaps friend in Lagos

A 26-year-old nursing mother, Mrs. Adetola Adelani has told detectives how one of her friends, Jackie lured her to a hotel in Ajah to be kidnapped.

Adelani, who was allegedly kidnapped on April 30, regained her freedom on May 15, after her abductors withdrew N126,000 from her husband’s account through his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card in her possession.

The victim told police detectives that she had left home around 1pm on April 30 to buy petrol when she received a call from Jackie for a meet up at City Spice Hotel, Ajah.

Briefing reporters on the incident, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said: “On reaching the hotel, she met Jackie with someone she introduced as Ahmed Olaoluwa. Her friend then collected a whitish powder substance suspected to be cocaine from Olaoluwa and gave to the victim to sniff that it would be good for her.

“She sniffed the power and became weak. In her state of stupor, she was led by Olaoluwa and one Muri Adeleye, who later joined them to a United Bank for Africa (UBA) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery in Ikota, where she was made to withdraw the sun of N126, 000 for them from her husband’s account.

“She was kept in City Spice Hotel, Ikota for 24 hours and was later moved to Mirage Hotel. She was again taken by the suspects to withdraw more money only for them to realize that the account has been blocked.

“This made the suspects to collect her phone and detain her for two weeks hoping that the account would be unblocked for them to get more money.”

On why the account was blocked, Edgal said the victim’s husband suspected something was amiss after he received debit alert of N126, 000 from his account and his wife’s number was not going through.

After calling her mother to find out if she was at their residence in Surulere and got a negative response, the victim’s husband, Michael Salawu, was said to have gone to the nearest bank to block his account.

When the nursing mother was not seen till about 7pm, the police boss said her mother lodged a complaint at the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and an investigation commenced.

He said: “Two suspects Ahmed Olaoluwa, 41, and Muri Adeleye, 29, were arrested on May 19, at Mirage Hotel, Ikota. They confessed to the crime. Victim’s phone and various charms were recovered from them.”

Court declares power of Ikoyi Registry to conduct marriages in Lagos null, void

The Lagos State Government has secured another court injunction restraining the Federal Government’s owned Registry in Ikoyi from conducting marriages, saying it was unconstitutional for the Federal Government to be usurping the power of the State Government and the Local Government in this regard.

The judgment delivered by Hon. Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor with the reference number SUIT NO: FHC/L/CS/1760/16 of Lagos High Court in favour of Lagos State and which took effect on Monday 30th of April 2018, reaffirmed that all the marriage registries in the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos are the authentic and legally-binding government division established to carry out such function.

Addressing a Press Conference on the development on Thursday, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami said the Ministry was in the process of officially communicating the development to the various embassies in the State, stressing that the decision of the court was supreme and was legally binding on all, the embassies inclusive.

He added that the news conference was strategically necessary in order to intimate the various embassies resident in Lagos State, the general public and the country at large that all Marriages conducted and registered in any of the 57 Local Government Areas/ Local Council Development Areas were valid and in accordance with the Marriage Act.

According to him, the judgment would undoubtedly put a stop to the seeming perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the Local Government Registries.

Folami said that the state government would explore every available windows to enlighten the general public about the development, assuring that the Ministry would not hesitate to schedule meeting with all embassies in the State to enlighten them about the new judgement if the need arose.

“We are going to use the five divisions across the state to sensitize our people and inform them about this latest development. From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island. The sensitization walk which we embarked on today is also a way of creating awareness and letting the people know of this latest development.”

He urged the members of the public to take cognizance of this landmark judgment by patronizing the legal and approved Marriage Registries for the conduct of their marriages.

Folami described the judgement as a landmark, saying that the responsibilities of the LGAs/LCDAs has come back to them by the virtue of the law and as provided for in Section 30 (1) of the Marriage Act and Section 7 (5) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking, the President for Marriage Registrars in all LGs/LCDAs, Deji Sokeye, said the illegal use of power by the Ikoyi Registry had seriously and negatively affected the revenue drive of the various Councils in the State, maintained that the judgement would further restore hope and confidence in the certificates already issued and that would be issued in future by the local government.

He recalled that a similar judgement was delivered in favour of the state government in 2004 but was disregarded by the federal government, stressing that the similar judgement now delivered by Honourable Justice (Prof) Chuka Austine Obiozor showed the disposition of the current administration to the rule of law.

Sokeye disclosed that the State Government had now devised another means of authenticating its seal which now carry red seal with a coded block for all the Council Areas across the State.

Speaking on the authenticity of existing marriage certificates obtained from the local council areas before the new judgment, the president explained that the new certificates that would henceforth be issued by the various council areas did not invalidate the previous certificates.

“There is nothing wrong with the former certificates that did not carry the Red Seal, the Red Seal is just an innovation to the former one and it does not in anyway render the former one invalid,’’ he said.

Lady pays bribe to SARS officer electronically, sends details to Police boss

A lady who paid a N5,000 bribe via money transfer to an officer of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad has put the suspect in trouble with the law.

The lady, Adegoke Ifeoluwa, narrated how, on Wednesday, Inspector Olushola Charles Omotosho, attached to FSARS, Ikorodu, Lagos, had harassed her and some people with her, asking for money and threatening to “waste” everyone should she fail to give the money as required.

Ifeoluwa said she told Omotosho that she had no cash and that she would do a transfer.

Omotosho agreed and provided his bank account details, Ifeoluwa said.

She did the transfer, Omotosho confirmed receipt and Ifeoluwa went her way.

Later, Ifeoluwa (@ife_luv12) tweeted her unpalatable experience with the SARS men and hashtagged the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yomi Shogunle, who also heads the Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police.

Immediately he received notification for the tag, Shogunle responded, assuring Ife that they would track down the offender.

The Nigeria Police on Thursday arrested Omotosho for allegedly harassing and collecting bribe from Ifeoluwa.

Shogunle later provided details of the arrest of the suspected Police officer on Thursday on Twitter.

My Dearest @ife_luv12, I am glad to inform you that account owner has been identified – Inspector Charles Omotosho, FSARS Ikorodu, Lagos. He is under custody, preliminary investigation ongoing. PCRRU will inform you on next line of action. Sorry for the experience. 

VIDEO: Billionaire Femi Otedola takes inter-state ride in ‘Molue’

One of the richest men in Nigeria, Femi Otedola, was one of the passengers in a commercial bus popularly known as Molue.

On its own, Molue readily qualifies as a tourist attraction, being peculiar to the nation’s commercial capital, Lagos State.

Molue is notorious for the unusual ways operators jam-pack passengers, with less people sitting and more people standing, packed like sardines.

Molue is variously called Osa Straight!, Maul E, etc., as a result of some terrible accidents involving Lagosians’ popular means of transportation in the 1980s.

Then, a handful of Molue buses had been involved in gory accidents that led to the death of tens of passengers; while, on at least one occasion, Molue drove straight into the Lagos lagoon during an incident credited to brake failure, sinking all the passengers on board.

In the early hours of the day when Lagosians are rushing to their various places of human endeavors and also in the evening when people are returning home, the Molue is known to ‘overflow,’ with passengers sometimes hanging on the ‘tailboards,’ sometimes for the suicidal fun of it, and, more often, to avoid paying the fare.

In the late 1980s at the peak of gory accidents involving Lagosians’ most popular means of transport, the state government tried to ban Molue, but it met with unspoken, stiff resistance, as Lagosians clung tenaciously to their yellow-bus-with-two-black-stripes.

Since coming to office, the incumbent Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has attempted to replace Moluewith ‘corporate’ commercial buses, as did his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, whose administration launched a range of commercial buses under the BRT scheme.

Though the BRT buses were fully air-conditioned and comparatively cheaper than Molue, with no standing or noise pollution occasioned by hawkers that sometimes make Molue ride a bumpy one, the spirit of Molue overcame many administrations’ attempts to phase it out.

While Otedola did not tell his IG followers the reason for his unusual — if bizarre — decision to take a ride in Lagos’ ol’ Molue, he does share the video of his ride with his followers on Wednesday.

The video, which generated 92,064 views within two hours, shows him sitting in the bus as a fellow passenger standing next to him, a female, advertises a product.

Recently took a ride on the Molue from Sango to Agege 🚌 … F.Ote💲

A post shared by Femi Ote💲 (@femiotedola) on

He saunters down, Lagos style, when he gets to his destination.

He claims to have boarded the bus from Sango, Ogun State to Agege, Lagos State.

He captions the IG post, “Recently took a ride on the Molue from Sango to Agege 🚌 … F.Ote💲”

Femi Otedola is Chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Forte Oil Plc and usually rides in top of the range Mercedes Benz cars including S class sedans, G Wagos SUVs and McLaren Mercedes sports cars.

 

 

LASG commences urban regeneration of Lekki, Victoria Island, Ikeja G.R.A.

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday commenced the urban regeneration of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja G.R.A, with the unveiling of 45 new road construction equipment and commissioning of newly interlocked road in Lekki.

The equipment, including three road printers and three giant wheel leaders, were unveiled after a public demonstration to the media and government functionaries to complete the construction of interlocked road in Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki.

Others are five driving rollers, 18 hand operating rollers, one excavator, one paver, six tractors, three wheel loaders, one chip sealer, one milling machine, one hiab, one sweeper machine and one synchronous chip sealer.

Speaking at the unveiling, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, said the new equipment were procured in line with efforts to reposition the Lagos State Public Works Corporation for the urban regeneration programme aimed at addressing environmental and infrastructural challenges in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja G.R.A.

The Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, said the equipment would be immediately deployed across the State for the urban renewal initiative, saying that they would go a long way in ensuring the regeneration of the entire Lagos landscape.

“We are here to commission these machines, equipment and gadgets and to state that these range of products would be deployed immediately to the urban regeneration of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Ikeja and they are being put in place today to further upgrade the activities of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation so that from their three centres in Badagry, Ojodu and Imota, they can take care of the rest of Lagos State.

“We are at this site to see physically the demonstration of the capability and capacity of the equipment. I want to state emphatically that this development is a sign of the government’s commitment to the regeneration and renewal of the entire Lagos State landscape.

“The Public Works Corporation has three regional centres in Badagry, Ojodu and Imota of which the various machines would be deployed to the various areas. Essentially, this point is to regenerate V.I, Ikoyi and Ikeja urban centres and it is an all-inclusive developmental process,” he said.

Also speaking, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello said the paving stone machines and road printers were acquired to basically construct roads that would last longer considering the state of the Lagos environment being waterlogged.

“We carefully thought about it before we even embarked on it. It was planned long time ago for the equipment to be acquired and having been acquired, they will be deployed immediately for road construction.

“One of the problems we have in Lagos is road tarring because the water table in Lagos is very high and it does not allow most of our roads to last and so we needed equipment to make our roads longer and part of it was to acquire the equipment which have just been tested.

“So, now we will be using paving stones mostly and they will last longer particularly in a terrain like Lagos and that is what we have seen today,” Bello said.

While giving practical demonstration of the workings of the equipment, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Engr Temidayo Erinle said the road printer has the capacity to pave road between six and eight metres faster and reduce man-hours.

“The road printer can make road paving of 400 to 600metres square in a one-day working shift of eight hours. The road printer makes road construction faster, easier and cheaper,” Erinle said.

While revealing that the State Government was in the process of further procuring interlocking making machines, Erinle urged residents to take proper care of the road just unveiled and desist from indulging in activities that could damage it.

Responding on behalf of the residents of Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki, Mrs Ronke Giwa thanked the State Government for fixing the road from its dilapidated state, saying the development had removed their decades of sufferings.

“Before the construction of this road, our cars were getting spoilt; we dread the rains and it had been on for decades so I like to thank Governor Ambode and the State Government for giving us this road,” she said.

My wife was sexually battered by Alfas while seeking for love charms, husband tells court

A 31-year-old man, Kehinde Oludayo, on Friday told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, Ibadan, that his wife, Jumoke, 26, was sexually battered while seeking for love charms from spiritualists.

Mr Oludayo made this known when he testified in the petition brought by his wife seeking dissolution of their seven year marriage for alleged brutality and lack of care.

He told the court that his wife fell into the hands of fraudsters while seeking for love charms from Alfas but was sexually battered.

The father of two accused his wife of infidelity and lack of respect for him as her husband.

He told the court that his wife never obeyed his instruction, saying her curiosity for miracles led her to fall into the hands of some fraudsters that assaulted her sexually.

”My lord, she didn’t recognise me as her husband because she lives a carefree life.

”In her search for love charms from some fraudsters that pretended to be ‘Alfas’ made her to fall prey and she was gang raped.

”Though she opened up to me and pleaded for forgiveness but her attitude didn’t change after the shameful experience.” he said

The respondent denied the allegation of brutality and that he tried his best in performing his responsibility as a husband and father of the two kids of the union.

He alleged that her mother-in-law pushed his wife to divorce him, saying his in-laws hate him.

He, however, pleaded with the court to resolve the issue instead of dissolving the marriage, saying he still loves his wife despite what she did.

Earlier, Jumoke, had told the court that her husband turned her into a punching bag and always threatened her life.

She described her seven-year-old union with the respondent as a calamity, saying she was tired of constant beatings.

She further said that Oludayo never care for the upkeep of the kids nor treat her with love.

She, however, was silent on the allegation of been sexually assaulted, and gang raped, but insisted that the court should dissolve the marriage.

Jumoke threatened to kill herself if the court fail to grant her request.

The President of the court, Mukaila Balogun, said that evidence of both parties especially that of the petitioner, had proved that there was no more love between them.

Mr Balogun noted that the rampant cases of domestic violence which had led to “wife killing husband and husband killing wife was enough to uphold the request of the petitioner.

“Though, the court prioritise resolution of marriage disputes but is handicapped in some instances.

“The marriage is therefore dissolved and custody of the two kids is given to the petitioner.

“The respondent is ordered to pay N7,000 monthly for the upkeep of the children and should be responsible for the education of the children.”

(NAN)