A housewife, Mrs. Sadiat Adelabu has described her husband, Mr. Samuel Adelabu, as an Indian hemp addict before an Orile Agege Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Lagos.
Sadiat who was giving evidence before the court on a divorce petition she filed against her husband said she had caught him smoking Indian hemp (Marijuana) several times.
“He was advised to stop smoking Indian hemp, but he refused. I caught him many times smoking it but instead of listening to wise counsel, he beats me up,” she told the court.
Sadiat, 33, a bread seller who hails from Iseyin, Oyo State, southwest Nigeria, told the court that Samuel was fond of beating her for complaining against his smoking Indian hemp.
She said another issue between them was that each time she collected bread from a baker other than the one introduced to her by Samuel he beats her up mercilessly.
Answering a question during a cross examination, Sadiat claimed Samuel threatened her life on 13 January when he found a soap in her wardrobe.
“His sister came to our residence at 7, Alaafia Street, Orile Agege the following day. Instead of settling the quarrel, she told him to beat me up and stab me,” Sadiat narrated, pointing out that the soap her husband saw in her wardrobe was in a white plastic and not in a calabash as he claimed.
She also accused the respondent of not caring for her and their children.
She said Samuel used to give her N200 for days for his four children for feeding.
But responding to the petitioner’s claims, Samuel, 38, denied not taking care of her and the children.
He also denied beating her but admitted they quarreled each time she slept outside her matrimonial home.
Samuel, an indigene of Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State admitted that he did not know that his estranged wife had a plot of land at Iyana Ilogbo near Sango until she almost completed the building.
He also admitted his wife’s claim that he once threatened to kill her when he demanded for the money she used to purchase a plot of land, which he said, he wanted to use to buy a vehicle instead.
The court president, Mr. Joseph Adewusi has adjourned the matter till 4 March, 2013 for judgment.