A 39-year-old man, Niyi Adeyemo, has accused his wife, Jumoke Bamgbola, 38, of beating him to a pulp during a disagreement at their residence in Ikosi-Ketu area of Lagos State.
Adeyemo, who was said to be suffering from arthritis, was admitted to a hospital after the alleged assault which happened on Monday, May 30.
The marriage, which was conducted in 2018, hit the rocks in 2019, according to reports.
Adeyemo, who is currently receiving treatment in a hospital bed, said his marriage fell apart after his mother came to visit them, and his wife objected because she didn’t like his relatives visiting him.
He claimed that this was the cause of their separation.
Adeyemo added that his wife’s demand for a divorce became intense when she returned from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in January 2022.
He said, “Bamgbola stormed my house on May 30, 2022, around 11 am, and asked me why I had not been picking her lawyer’s phone calls.
“After I refused to respond, she said that I must talk to her because she came prepared for me.
“I tried walking away, but my wife dragged me back, and tore my native attire specially sewn for my late mum’s burial, and became violent.
“She started throwing punches at me all over my body, especially on my legs because she is aware of my health condition.
“She tossed me around the house, and kept saying that she would make sure I was admitted to a hospital.
“She also dragged my private parts and bit my hands as I tried to prevent her from biting my manhood.
“I deliberately stopped myself from hitting my wife like I was advised.
“I called her dad afterwards, and put the phone on speaker, her dad called out her name during the conversation, but she refused to respond or listen to him.
“My wife’s demand for a divorce became intense when she arrived from Dubai early this year.
“While she was in Dubai, we resolved our differences through video calls.
“However, she suddenly changed and began comparing me with another man she met over there.
“My wife came back in January 2022 and requested to lodge at a hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos so as to self isolate because of Covid-19 to avoid virus infection on our son.
Apparently, she came back to Nigeria with a boyfriend with whom she had arranged to spend the night in the hotel.
“I called her several times, but she refused to receive my calls.
“She once called me, and said that our child is the only bond between us.
“She later threatened to kill me with her bare hands if I didn’t give her a divorce because her boyfriend said that he could not marry someone who was married with a child.
“The matter has been reported at the Ketu police station,” he added.
In response, Bamgbola stated that she filed for a divorce and her husband was served, but he refused to honour the court invite.
She said, “I called my husband after a visit to see the lawyer, and he complained that my husband had not been picking up his calls or from my mum as well.
“He kept pleading with me that he did not want a divorce.
“He admitted that he allowed a third party in our marriage, and apologized.
“Afterwards, the lawyer told me that I had to see my husband, and make him understand what I wanted because of our only child.
“So, I went to his place, and met another lady with him in the kitchen.
“I asked him why he refused to pick the lawyer’s calls, and why he was telling people that he gave me N1.5m to rent an apartment, but he denied it.
“I actually visited to inform him that the court had fixed June 28, 2022, for our divorce case, and discuss the matter with him if we could settle the dispute amicably.
“He usually beat me, but I always tried not to hit him back because he is a sickle cell patient.
“Apparently, it resulted in an argument, as I was also admitted to a hospital at the Ijoko area because I had a swollen face and bruises all over my body and could hardly talk.
“I was invited to Ketu police station on Tuesday, May 31, about how my husband had filed a case of assault against me.
“I denied the allegation, and told the police operatives that I would visit the station as soon as I get better,” she added.
The state police public relations officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, however, he’s yet to say anything concerning the case.