An Islamic cleric allegedly beat up his burqa-wearing wife in public following series of disagreements between them, including her turning Christian. The cleric, Kabiru Ayetoro said his wife packed out of his house after the incident.
“She left my home because we fought over her new fate. She was initially wearing hijab but took it off when she started going to church. I warned her to stop going to church, but she turned deaf ears to me,” he said. Also, he said his wife, Fatimo is currently with another man.
Stating her side of story, Fatimo said their marriage had been fraught with domestic violence. He accused Kabiru of neglecting his responsibilities to their children.
“He’s a devil”, Fatimo said of her estranged husband.
“He (Kabiru) maltreats me and our children. He hardly gives us feeding allowance but will always demand for food. He not only demands for food but dictates what he wants to eat which are usually costly meals.
“He doesn’t have time for our children and never gives them attention. Any time they ask him for their needs he will ask them to come to me. Their feeding, clothing and education have solely become my responsibility.”
“We once had a heated argument over food and he beat me and I ran out of our apartment. He ran after me, caught up with me and descended on me with heavy blows … he tore my hijab into shreds and opened my face to public glare.
“I stopped wearing hijab since people have seen my face.
“I moved out of his house … I’m now married to another man and presently carrying his baby,” Fatimo said.
The estranged couple made the recriminations in their separate testimonies before an Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Fatimo asked for divorce of their 17-year-old marriage, which Kabiru acceded to.
The court president, Chief Ademola Odunade giving his judgment after listening to the duo separated them and gave custody of their children to the defendant.