“My Husband Beats Me, Says I Eat Too Much Like Animal” Wife Tells Court

The presiding Judge and other staff members of the Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State were on Monday, thrown into momentary laughter, following the testimony of a 23-year-old housewife, Firdausi Sulaiman.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the complainant had dragged her husband, Haruna Haruna, before the Sharia Court, seeking divorce on grounds that her husband beats her, locks up the kitchen at night and accuses her of eating too much like a wild animal.

”In our seven years of marriage, I have not spent a complete year without him sending me back to my parent’s house. I was forced by my brother into marrying Haruna when I was 16 years old. He banned me from receiving visitors in our marital house. He also beats me.

”When I got fed up, my parents got to know about what I have been going through and reported the matter to his mother. His mother told me that he was possessed by an evil spirit,” she said.

She prayed the court to terminate the marriage and give her custody of their only daughter.

In his defence, Haruna, a civil engineer through his counsel, M. K Mustapha, said his client is mentally okay and not possessed.

”My client doesn’t look like someone who is possessed by evil spirits or has mental problems. In fact, he is currently in Katsina State executing some projects”, he said.

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