Saturday, 24 December 2016

My Husband Wants Divorce After TakingMy Late Husband’s Possessions – Wife

A 38-year-old woman, Amudalat Agboola,
whose husband on Thursday approached a
Lagos Island Customary for dissolution of
their five-year-old marriage, has described
her husband as a gold digger.
Amudalat, who owned a boutique but now
seller hot drinks (paraga), told the court
that her husband had collected all that she
had and wanted to abandon her in the
name of recession.
“I now sell `Paraga’ in the same shop I
used to sell clothes from Turkey and Saudi
Arabia,” she said.
She said that he tricked her into the
marriage by lying to her that he was a
Magistrate and would help her secure hers
and late husband’s property from her in-
laws.
“My husband lied to me that he was a
Magistrate, but I got to know that he was a
Court Registrar when he brought me to this
court for dissolution.
“I met Agboola in 2010, he was the
Community Development Association
Chairman of Magboro Village in Mowe
where my late husband and I built our
four bedroom flat.
“He was chosen as part of a four-man
delegate by the village to pay a condolence
visit when my husband died.
“My late husband, Adulhakeem Aderoju
and I met and got married in Saudi Arabia,
where I was selling clothes and he was
washing cars.
“We hustled together to buy landed
property here in Nigeria. I later relocated
here with our two daughters to establish
my boutique business but he was still in
Saudi.
“He got sick and came back to Nigeria and
eventually died on Oct. 4, 2010, that was
when my nightmare started.
“My mother and brother in-laws sold our
two cars, raided the house while I was in
the hospital with my husband and took
gold jewellery and documents of our
property.
“I only had the documents of the four
bedroom flat that we occupy, which I was
kidnapped by hired assassins and
threatened to release but refused.
“I locked the house and started staying
with my friend at Igbosere, that was where
I saw Agboola again at the Magistrate
Court.
“He said he heard all that happened to me
and that if I moved close to people like
him, as a Magistrate he would help me get
back all my in-laws had taken from me.
“He persuaded me to go back to the house
with my kids and said he would use the
power of his office to put police men
around the premises to guard us.
“On several occasions I have visited him at
Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, he always
come downstairs to see me all suited up,
little did I know that he was a fraud,” she
said.
Amudalat said that Agboola and her
became close and promised to help me
with the education of her daughters.
She said she was kidnapped and
blindfolded the second time by hired
killers who requested for the documents of
the house but managed to escape.
“When I got home and told Agboola he
said that he cannot risk his life to help me
unless I marry him, so I agreed.
“My mother was not in support because
she said his words were sugar quoted but I
begged her to give her blessings.
“He later told me he was married and has
four children. We got married on May 20,
2011, in Ilorin, my hometown.
“Two days after the wedding we came back
to Lagos, when we got to Obalebde he
packed the car and said he had an
unpleasant news for me.
“He said he has not been able to secure an
apartment for us, that the agent he paid
returned the money and I have to squat at
his friend’s house.
“I started staying at his friend’s house
where he comes to see me. I later
discovered I was pregnant.
“Agboola and I went to the house at Mowe
to pack items such as two washing
machine, plasma TV, gas cooker and
generator.
“I never set my eyes on those items again,
Agboola took them away.
“He later secured a one room apartment
for me here in Lagos Island at Oshodi St.,
and he persuaded me to give my in-laws
the key to the house which I refused.
“Agboola deserted me and my three
children in the badly ventilated room
which was also next to the toilet used by
everyone in that house.
“Out of annoyance I wanted to return to
my late husband’s house in Mowe but
looked for the key I used to lockup the gate
but could not find it.
“I called Agboola and he said he had given
them to my in-laws, I almost went insane,
that was the only property I had out of all
my late husband and I worked to build.
“When I went to the house I learnt that it
had been rented out by my in-laws, all
effort to repossess the house proved
abortive.
“Agboola does not come to see us again or
carry out any responsibility on his child,
all the promises he made to me were lies
and I later discovered I was the third wife.
“On the day he promised to send money
and I was expecting an alert was the day I
was served by the court.
“He saw me as a widow and took
advantage of that and the fact that I didn’t
go to school, ” she said.
She prayed the court to help her recover
all her items and her late husband’s
property taken away and the one he
conspired with her in-laws to take from
her.
The husband, Abdulrasheed-Olakunle
Agboola, a court registrar at the Isolo
Magistrate’ Court, said that he wanted
dissolution because of the present
economic recession.
Agboola, who did not deny all that his wife
had said, said he could no longer cope with
the responsibility and that money was the
cause of their problems.
He said he and his wife Amudalat were
incompatible and that she sent him a text
threatening him, so to avoid trouble he
decided to come for dissolution.
The Court President, Mr Awos Awosola,
said that Agboola who was in the best
position to help the widow as an employee
of the Lagos State Judiciary took advantage
of her.
“You were in best position to help her
secure her late husband’s property from
her in-laws by telling her how to go about
it through the Law but you used her.
“You changed her story from grace to
grass, a boutique owner turned `Paraga’
seller, you took her from a four bedroom
apartment to a `face me I face you’.
“This case will still be referred to a higher
court because it is a case to impersonation
and fraud.
“Now that you have wrecked her, you
want to have nothing to do with her and
you blame it on recession,” he said.
Awosola urged the two parties to maintain
peace and adjourned the case to Jan. 1,
2017, for further hearing on the matter.

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