A 44-year-old woman, Susan Lijadu, made some shocking revelations about her marriage earlier today as she told a Lagos Island Customary Court that her husband, Folarin, forced her to make a covenant with him.
This is coming one month after Folarin, 47, urged the court to nullify his 20-year-old marriage for alleged lack of trust and love. Vanguard reports that Susan, a mother of four, told the court that their marital problem started in the year 2000 when her husband became blind as a result of a motor accident. She alleged that he became suicidal, aggressive and very jealous and in 2013 he forced her to make a covenant with him. According to Mrs. Susan Lijadu:
“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 colanuts, bittercola and alligator pepper. I was stripped naked in the presence of one herbalist from Ondo State. I 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”.
Susan Lijadu told the court that her husband did not make the same covenant with her, and had now impregnated one of their tenants and wants to divorce her. She said: “My husband wants to dump me after putting an embargo on me”.
However, Mr. Folarin denied forcing his wife to swear an oath, saying that she was the one who urged him to make her take the oath and that he did not swear with her. He further disclosed that he opted for divorce when he could no longer put a rein around his wife. Hear him:
“When I became incapacitated, I sent my wife to computer school and opened a shop for her to enable her take care of the home financially. She stopped going to shop and started selling petrol at the junction of our house which I did not support.
“During one of our arguments in December 2015, she bathed me with kerosene and threatened to set me ablaze. I did not impregnate our tenant, I am not interested in the marriage again. I want a divorce.”
The Court President, Mr Awos Awoshola, expressed disapproval over 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.”
He also made it known that before the dissolution of the union by the court, the covenant must be broken and that the two parties must present evidence that the oath had been revoked. He therefore ordered both parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case till May 24 for further hearing.