He raped my 16-year-old cousin, forcefully took my son away from me, says wife

GavelA 31-years-old trader, Oluwaseyi Ajofoyibo, on Tuesday at the Igando Customary Court said that there was no going back on her resolved to divorce her husband, Kamoru.
Oluwaseyi alleged that Kamoru raped her 16-year-old cousin and forcefully took their seven-year-old son away from her.
According to the mother of two, her estranged husband was in the habit of beating and blackmailing her at the slightest provocation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oluwaseyi had moved out of Kamoru’s house with her children.
“My cousin came to my then matrimonial home, asking me to help her appeal to her mother over a misunderstanding she had with her.
“I left the house for a night. When I returned, my cousin told my neighbours that my husband tried to rape her without success.
“But after she was probed further she confessed that my husband succeeded in raping her,’’ she said.
The complaint said that she told her husband that she was visiting her parents in Badagry.
“I told him I was going to visit my parents in Badagry, I packed my belongings and left with my sons.
“ I rebuffed several attempts by our families for me to return to his house.
“He then came and forcefully took my son away from me, we were never legally married, he refused to pay my dowry.
“He has returned my son now; I just want the court to grant me divorce, so that we can both go our different ways,” ’’ Oluwaseyi said
NAN reports that at the first hearing on Dec. 1, 2015, the President of the court referred the case to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which was held two weeks later.
But ADR failed to resolved the matter.
The respondent, who resides at Osunba Street, Igando, however, did not deny the allegation of raping his wife’s cousin, nor forcefully taking their son away.
“ We were not having any misunderstanding, she said she wanted to visit her family in Badagry, I gave her N 30, 000.
“My wife told me that she would stay for two weeks, but that turned into months and into years.
“Our families called a meeting, she refused to talk. She was not even moved with the tears on her mother face. I needed to see my son after a long stay away from me.
“That’s why I took him to my brother’s place in Badagry.
“I know I have made some mistakes and I’m sorry about it; I need to see my sons too,’’ he said.
The President of the court A. L Omilola, adjourned the case till April 26 for judgment.

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