Husband bags 14 days imprisonment for failure to bring children to court

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The wife accused her husband of battery.

An Agege Customary Court on Monday in Lagos sentenced a 37-year-old husband, Morufu Babalola, to 14 days imprisonment for contempt.

The President of the court, Emmanuel Sokunle, who pronounced the verdict, said Babalola, a butcher, had failed to produce his children as demanded by the court.

“You are hereby sentenced to 14 days imprisonment for failure to bring your children to court as requested,’’ he said in a ruling.

Mr. Babalola’s wife had filed a suit alleging battery and fetish practice by the man.

The court had ordered Mr. Babalola to produce the children in court at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday.

The petitioner, Kehinde, a trader, told the court that her husband’s family had wanted to use her for rituals, before she ran mad.

“I was ill and my in-laws asked me to come back to Lagos from Ilorin and the way, all I knew was that I found myself at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta.

“I was told that I became insane for about two weeks,’’ Kehinde, a mother of two, of ages two and seven, told the court.

Kehinde said her husband had always accused her of infidelity and had turned her into a punching bag.

“I am tired of the marriage and I want it dissolved,’’ said Kehinde, who lives at 14, Moshalasi Alao St., Ifako-Ijaye.

Mr. Babalola, who lives at 14, Micheal Olufade St., Meiran in Abule-Egba area of Lagos, denied the allegations.

“My wife is a psychiatric patient, she has been treated but occasionally she manifests the insanity.

“She is a flirt and virtually everybody sleeps with her as she is popularly called a “free giver.” I am tired of the relationship and I want the union dissolved. I urge the court to grant me the custody of the children.”

Further hearing has been adjourned to July 1.

(NAN)


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