A 30-year-old housewife, Balaraba Tanimu of Hayin Tudun Wada, Kaduna,
has dragged her husband, Sani Abubakar, to Magajin Gari Sharia Court
II, accusing him of starving her for eight months.
Tanimu told the court on Monday that the accused was not feeding her
and their five children throughout the period on the excuse that life
was very difficult for him.
The complainant said that she and the children had been suffering from
hunger and deprivation because the accused had failed to discharge his
According to her, Abubakar has also abandoned her and the children
since he married another wife, making her parents to shoulder the
responsibility of taking care of them.
Tanimu also told the court that the accused was indebted to her to the
tune of N60,000 and prayed the court to recover the money for her.
The complainant prayed the court to dissolve the marriage since
Abubakar cannot meet the demands of basic family responsibilities.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
He told the court that the complainant was just jealous of his new
wife, saying that she had given him no peace since he married another
"She reported me to her parents and the father advised me not to worry
over her attitude because she is just jealous,'' he said.
Abubakar denied collecting money from her, saying it was his
mother-in-law that gave him N30,000 credit to repair his taxi cab.
The wife, however, insisted that the N60,000 was the money he asked
her to spend over time in feeding the family, as well as money spent
on purchasing clothes for the children during the last Sallah.
The accused told the court not to dissolve the marriage as he still
loves his wife.
The Presiding Officer, Khadi Ibrahim Mohammed, asked both parties to
come with their parents in the next sitting for testimony.
Mohammed adjourned the case to Nov. 27 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)