They Said Life Ain’t Fair, Give Them Hypo CustomerA 56-year-old
businessman, Olabode, on has told an Igando customary court, Lagos,
that his wife, Folake, was troublesome and fetish.
He told the court after 18 years in a barren marriage, his wife, Folake
charmed the children to love her and hate him.
Olabode claimed that Folake, was using charms on his children to love,
respect and obey her while she did the opposite for him.
“My wife has added charm to the food she used to give my children to
eat, they have excessive love, respect and obedience for her but my
children failed to do same for me.
She is using my children against me, anytime both families come to
settle our quarrel, all my children will speak against me, supporting her
by castigating me in their presence.
Anytime we are arguing, she attacks me first by slapping me; and when it
degenerates into physical combat, she bites me, leaving scars on my
body,” he said.
Olayinka, therefore, pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage
because he was tired and could no longer cope with her.
Folake, 48, a trader, denied using charm on the children and that she
married Olabode 18 years ago and started taking care of his four children
because their mother was late.
“The children know me as their mother, they love, respect and obey me,
even when their father later told them that I am not their biological
mother, they still continue to take me as their mother and love me the
I did not use charm on the children, if I wanted to charm anybody to
love, respect and obey me, it is their father I will charm not the
children,’’ Folake said.
She accused her husband of infidelity, claiming that he was dating two of
her close friends and that anytime she confronts him he resorts to
She said her husband recently embarrassed her in the neighbourhood by
telling people that she was not the real mother of his children.
The respondent added that her husband often uses her childlessness to
She, however, accepted that she always bites her husband anytime they
fight, saying it is in self-defence.
Folake begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish as she was still
in love with him.
The president of the court, Hakeem Oyekan, adjourned the case till May
26 for judgment.