Malam Mukailu Naibi of Keke Village, Kaduna, whose wife allegedly starved him of sex for two years, on Wednesday demanded N1,2 million as compensation from the wife’s parents before an Abuja Area Court.
Naibi, while testifying at the resumed hearing of the case, told the court that the amount covered the bride price he paid before marrying Maryam, his wife.
He also told the court that the amount covered the cost of damages done to the house after Maryam allegedly set the house on fire before fleeing to court to seek divorce.
He tendered written documents with records of all expenses made on his estranged wife and her parents, in addition to a witness to testify in his favour.
Naibi, aged 37, had told the court that his wife had refused to make love to him since they got married two years ago.
He also accused her of setting their house on fire.
"Your Worship, since we got married two years ago, my wife never allowed me to make love to her for once and all my attempts to do it always led to fighting.
"I married her out of love and I still love her, but with this development, I have no choice but to ask the court to grant her divorce wish for the sake of peace,'' Naibi said.
In her testimony, Maryam, who is 16, told the court that her husband made love to her once, but that she was not impressed and so she wanted a divorce.
"I don’t love him, I don’t love anybody who bears his name and I hate anybody who loves him,'' she told the court.
Maryam’s mother who was her only witness, while having denied most of Naibi’s claims, still admitted some, saying that Maryam’s father was in a better position to clarify some issues.
The Judge, Haruna Masanawa, after hearing all the submissions of the parties in the case, ordered the court's registrar to summons more witnesses, including Maryam’s father.
He adjourned the case to Jan. 16, 2013 for further hearing.