By Adeola Adenuga & Oluwatobiloba Adeyemi
A 33-year-old woman, Mrs Grace Adegboyega, told an Agege Grade A Customary Court that her husband, Mr Sunday Adegboyega, attempted to kill her by putting a fetish substance into her drink and started telling people she had passed on. The plaintiff added that she was shocked when her husband’s lover came home to sympathize with Sunday over the ‘demise of his wife.’ She said that when she asked about the woman who died, she bluntly responded that Sunday told her that his wife ( Grace ) died few days ago.
“Also while l was heavily pregnant, he poured kerosene into my food. I perceived the odour from the food l served my daughter and l went wild with him for trying to poison me.”
Grace said that shortly after the incident, the husband decided to stay away from home, claiming he was busy working in a factory, not knowing that he had impregnated another woman whom he was staying with.
She therefore urged the court to dissolve the marriage and grant her custody of the children as she didn`t want to die young.
The respondent denied the allegations. He told the court that he met his wife 15 years ago at Akoko in Ondo State and they moved to Lagos there after.
Sunday claimed that he was on night duty at the factory where he worked when his wife packed out of their matrimonial home, adding that all efforts to bring her back proved abortive as Grace was adamant on divorce. He alleged that his wife had wanted to abort her first pregnancy, but changed her mind when he reported her to her parents.
The husband pleaded that the court should not dissolve the marriage because he still loved the wife.Court president Emmaunel Shokunle adjourned the case till September 18, 2012 for further hearing.