A middle-aged man, Prince Agina, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State that his wife, Obianuju, has been poisoning his meals since 2008.
The union which was consummated on Dec. 24, 2006 in Anambra had been blessed with three children. Obianuju was also accused of frequent fighting and infidelity by her husband.
“Since 2008, I have noticed that my food was being laced with poison, which has resulted to my deteriorating health; as I am standing here, I’m sick.
“Usually, I travel a lot. On one occasion when I returned home; I noticed that the centre table in our home had broken; when I asked my daughter how it happened, she told me that one uncle broke it.
“This means my wife brings other men into our matrimonial home whenever I travelled because my daughter knows all her uncles.
“She goes out at will without my permission, she does not listen to me as her husband and I don’t love her anymore,’’ Agina said.
However, the respondent denied all the allegations levelled against her by her estranged husband.
“My husband has diabetes and hypertension; and he keeps eating those foods that the doctor warned him to desist from. Please tell me why he won’t be sick always.I stayed with him at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for four months looking after him but he did not listen to the doctor’s advice.So, how has his disobedience become my fault.
“He married me a virgin; so why will I start sleeping around now, why will I bring men into the house where my children are staying with me.
He abandoned me and the children for four years when he travelled to Angola and he wasn’t sending money from there for our upkeep.
My family members took care of my children and I throughout the period,’’ she said.
The president of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, referred the couple to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) office for possible settlement. Omilola said the couple should appear before the ADR members on Feb. 25, while he adjourned the case to March 7 for further hearing.