“I Can’t Take The Embarrassment” For Slapping Her In Front Of Her Children, Woman Insists In Punishing Her Husband In Court

A woman, identified as Maryam Abdullahi, believed to be a housewife have appeared in a Sharia Court ll, seating in Magajin Gari, Kaduna state,with her husband.

She is suing her husband for slapping her in the presence of their children- which she considered an embarrassment.

Maryam, who lives in Hayin Malam Bello, Kaduna, alleged that her husband slapped her because of a little misunderstanding they had. “I went home to visit my parents, whose house is not far from where we reside. When I came back, he did not listen to my explanations on why I went out to visit them. ”He slapped me on my right cheek and it got swollen,” Maryam said.

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The defendant, Ismail Abdullahi, 45, a bricklayer, admitted to slapping his wife. “She always goes out leaving the children at home without my consent. I am pleading with the court to be lenient on me, I will never beat her again. I love my wife, Ismail said.” The father of the complainant, Malam Muhammad Lawal, prayed to the court to warn the defendant to stop beating his daughter.

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The Judge, Musa Sa’ad-Goma, ordered the defendant to beg for his wife’s forgiveness in court. Sa’ad-Goma warned him never to hit or slap his wife again no matter the height of disagreement they have. The judge also ordered the defendant to write an undertaking while his brother will be a witness.

Meanwhile, in another court proceedings, the absence of defence counsel has stalled the trial of five students accused of gang-raping and blackmailing a fellow student, at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.

Reports have it that Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwakanma, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Josephine Osemeka, 20, students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were arraigned over defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child in a premises, and pro-curation.

Proceedings on Thursday, scheduled for the cross-examination of the complainant, name withheld, could not hold due to the absence of Mr Bisi Ademulegun, the new defence counsel to Omowole, the first defendant. Ademulegun, had written to the court seeking for a short adjournment because he was Omowole’s new defence counsel and had just been briefed on the case.

He noted that on the day scheduled for the continuation of the trial of the students, he had a case before the Court of Appeal in Ibadan.