The wife told the Abuja court that the land rightfully belongs to her.
An Abuja Area Court on Wednesday adjourned to April 15 the case of an ex-soldier, who sued his wife for allegedly stealing the documents of their residential building.
The court, sitting in Lugbe, ordered that witness summons be served on John Waziri, the ex-soldier’s brother-in-law, who was mentioned by the defendant as being in possession of the documents.
The judge, Haruna Masanawa, also requested the couple’s seven children to appear in court alongside Mr. Waziri on the adjourned date for continuation of hearing in the matter.
Mr. Waziri, who is the principal witness, had earlier been summoned to appear in court to testify but failed to show up on Wednesday.
The retired soldier, Peter Abu of Karamajiji Village on the Airport Road, Abuja, had accused his wife, Mata-Baja, of stealing the documents from where he kept them.
Mr. Abu alleged that the defendant later took the documents to her brother, and urged the court to compel her to return them immediately.
The defendant, in her statement, confirmed taking the documents and giving same to her brother, Mr. Waziri.
She said she bought the plot on which the house was built and that as a responsible wife, had many years ago given her husband the documents for safe-keeping only.
Mata-Baja said she took the decision to hide the documents from her husband because he had become irresponsible over the years by failing to take care of her and their seven children.
The defendant alleged that her husband indulged in serial gambling and alcohol consumption, thereby, jettisoning his responsibilities of being the family’s bread-winner.
“My husband had built a house in Masaka Village soon after his retirement from the Nigerian Army, but he later sold it and squandered the money,” she claimed.
The defendant then urged the court to ignore her husband’s request because she was, as a matter of fact, the bona fide owner of the documents.
“I had the premonition that if my husband gets access to them, he may sell our residential building as he did with the Masaka building,” she said.
The judge adjourned the case to April 15 for continuation of hearing.
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