A 56-year-old retired military man, Durojaiye Rodoye, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos that his wife, Adenike was after his life.
“My wife is after my life so that she can inherit my wealth,’’ he said, adding that “she is threatening my life by poisoning my food.
“My wife prepared a vegetable soup for me to eat, the soup was black, I refused to eat because that is not my first time of eating vegetable. It should be green in colour.
“I told her I don’t feel like eating the soup that she should prepared custard, she brought the custard and it was also black in colour, I didn’t drink it.
“I gave her to drink but she refused, I gave one of our children to drink, she snatched it from him and poured it away.
“She always beat me up whenever I query her for wrong doing, she once beat me in the public and tore my clothes,’’ he said.
The petitioner said that he left his 22-flat for the respondent because of frequent beatings, adding that she always instigates the children against him.
“Around 12 a.m. when I came back from work, I saw strange guys about 15 of them with my two children smoking hemp heavily in my sitting room.
“Immediately they sighted me they picked their cutlasses and other dangerous weapons to attack me but I escaped and all that was in the presence of my wife.
He begged the court to dissolve the 20-year-old marriage to Adenike because he was no longer in love and his life in danger.
Adenike, 44, a trader, denied all the allegations, adding that she never poisoned her husband’s food.
“I did not poison my husband’s food. He once told me that his girlfriend told him that I have poisoned his food that was why anytime he chased me out of his house he will come begging me back.
The mother of five said her husband was fetish and once came home with a horn from a witch doctor for her to go a junction at 10 p.m. to swear over alleged missing N19,000.
“I complied because I was innocent of the accusation. He followed me that night and I did as he instructed but nothing happened to me.
“After some days, he said that I have laced my body with charm that was why nothing happened to me and he asked me to travel with him to one “Ifa” oracle shrine, I refused’’.
The respondent begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish that she was still interested in the marriage.
The court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, urged the couple to maintain peace, and adjourned the case till June 7 for judgment.