Lagos housewife has narrated to an Ojo Grade ‘A’ Customary Court, Lagos,
Southwest Nigeria how she was raped by armed robbers while travelling to Abuja
to process her travelling documents to Italy.
to an application filed by her husband, Mr. Romanus Agu, a Nigerian based in
Italy, seeking dissolution of the 10-year old marriage on grounds of infidelity
and having a child outside marriage, Mrs. Ugonma Agu described her husband’s
accusation that she was impregnated by one of her lovers as untrue.
how she got pregnant for another man, Ugonma said: “My husband sent me money
from Italy to process our travelling papers to join him in Italy and said I have
to go to Abuja to do that. I told him I don’t know anybody there and he got
angry. He suggested that I go with a night bus and that when I get there in the
morning, it will be easy for me. I took the night bus the following day and we
were attacked by armed robbers. All the money with me was taken and I was also
called my husband and told him all that happened and he yelled at me. A few
weeks later he called to apologise and also sent money for me to abort the
pregnancy. When I got to the hospital, the doctors told me there was nothing
there. But five months later, I realized that I was pregnant and decided to keep
it without his knowledge.”
petitioner had sought to divorce Ugonma on grounds of infidelity, threat to
life, lack of love and having a child outside marriage.
to him, after their marriage on 29 December, 2001 he moved his family to Enugu
State and after a few years returned to Italy.
too long after my departure, I started receiving several calls from some of my
friends and kinsmen back home about my wife’s infidelity and how she was seen in
different hotels with different men. I called her father and told him all I
heard and also asked him to caution his daughter.
infidelity was confirmed when she got pregnant for one of her lovers in 2007 and
moved to his house in Lagos without my knowledge,” he told the court.
also accused her of being carefree and unable to feed his children properly. He
pleaded with the court to grant him custody of his kids.
respondent denied the allegations and accused him of neglecting his children.
“He insults me whenever I ask him for money,” she added.
hearing the parties, the president of the court, Mr. T.A. Saheed adjourned the
case to 20 September, 2011.