Why I tried to kill my husband, wife tells court


The President of Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Ademola Odunade, on Thursday dissolved a 14-year-old marriage between Taoheed Hassan and his wife, Blessing, citing alleged plot by the estranged wife to stab him to death.

Blessing also admitted trying to stab her husband to death, giving a reason for her action.
Mr. Odunade said it was “so unfortunate that a woman who had lived with her husband for 14 years could be planning to poison his food or stab him to death”.

“In the interest of peaceful co-existence, the union between Taoheed and Blessing has ceased to be henceforth.

“Taoheed shall take custody of the first two children produced by the union and Blessing shall take care of the last child who is still a legal minor.

`Taoheed shall pay N12,000 as one-year house rent to Blessing,” he ruled.

Narrating his ordeal, Taoheed, who lived at Orita-Challenge area of Ibadan, said Blessing was threatening his life through food poisoning and plotting to stab him to death.

“My Lord, anytime I am not at home, Blessing finds it convenient in wandering around the city.
“In fact, she even stays away from home for days, abandoning the three children to me.

“On each occasion, I reported her atrocities to her relatives and friends who pleaded on her behalf.
“Anytime I tried to exercise my authority as husband over Blessing, she descends on me by slapping me or breaks the bottle to stab me,” he told the court.

He added: “Worst still, Blessing unconsciously said in the presence of our children that she would poison my food.

“By Providence, the children are on my side because they told me what their mother was planning evil against me.

“So, I became more careful and started cooking my food; I can no longer endure Blessing’s troubles.”
In her response, Blessing agreed to the dissolution of the marriage and also admitted attempting to stab the husband and poison his food.

“I have never enjoyed any moment of my life with Taoheed and it was like wasting 14 years with him as a wife.

“I really did attack Taoheed with a broken bottle and my intention was to stab him to death because he first aimed at killing me when he strangled me,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Blessing, a businesswoman, resides in Boluwaji area of Ibadan.


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  • Frank Bassey

    The motivating factor in wanting to stab or poison the husband is adultery. The woman has found another man; it is also possible she is being sponsored by her concubine. It is also possible that the man she wants to kill now was once her concubine. Single-motherhood is something to show off in this part of the country. Adultery rules their culture.

    • Dazmillion

      Did you read the story? no one is listening to the womans statement. The man was strangling her and she fought back. He did not dispute what she said.,

      In fact he said “Anytime I tried to exercise my authority as husband over Blessing, she descends on me by slapping me or breaks the bottle to stab me,” what does he mean by husband authority? Does he mean his right to rape her when she dont want sex?

      The judge just automatically took the husband side of the story without drilling deeper to found out why a woman with children will want to kill a man she has lived with for 14 years, when its not like the man has money

      • A.A.Ngalos

        You have then decided to take side with the wife instead of the truth.

        • absam777

          what is the truth? You took the side of the husband. So, let’s call it a draw

  • Iskacountryman

    she would have blamed the herdsman…

  • chinedu

    This is a pointer to the fact that all co habitations must not last forever. A situation in which partners bear such animosity should not have started in the first place. But where such mistakes have been made,the parties should amicably decide to part ways. By the way this appears to be the present Nigeria’s situation.