A middle aged woman, Afusat Ogunrinde, has accused her husband, Ibrahim, of attempting to sleep with her daughter.
told an Oshodi Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Lagos, on Monday that Ibrahim
made sexual advances to her first daughter, Sidikat, a teenager, who
she had for another man.
Afusat said, “I didn’t initially
understand what was happening. All I knew was that my husband was always
at loggerheads with my daughter.
“There was a time I travelled
and when I got back, Sidikat complained to me that my husband woke her
up in the middle of the night and asked her to take off her pants and
face the wall. I was shocked.”
Afusat said she confirmed her suspicions when an incident happened in her presence.
said, “We stay in a one-room apartment and there was this day Sidikat
suddenly screamed in the middle of the night. When I woke up, I saw my
husband close to where my daughter slept.
“When I challenged him,
he told me he was pursuing a rat and that the rat climbed his feet and
ran towards the place where Sidikat slept. I took the matter up with him
and since then he became more quarrelsome with her.”
When asked about the authenticity of her mother’s claims, Sidikat told the court that her stepfather had sexually harassed her.
said, “All what my mother said is true. When I refused to give in to my
stepfather’s advances, he started persecuting me.
“At a time, he
would pour water on the bed when I was fast asleep in a bid to put me
in a bad light by accusing me of bed-wetting all because I didn’t allow
him to sleep with me.”
Afusat said she had to send her daughter packing due to the development.
said, “He asked me to take her away or he will kill her if I fail to do
so. When I sent her away – to another place three streets away – he
still looked for her and beat her up.”
Besides, Afusat told the
court that Ibrahim had also threatened to kill her and urged the court
to dissolve their 17-year-old marriage, which is blessed with three
She said, “He has gone weird of late. He beats me up
and would not stop until I get wounded. One night, he came back home
drunk, gave me a knife and asked me to kill him. I had to run out of the
home to save my life.
“My life is endangered and as far as I’m concerned, this marriage can no longer stand because it has already broken down.”
Meanwhile, Ibrahim denied making advances to Sidikat but admitted battering his wife.
said,” I took Sidikat as a daughter and would never try to do such a
thing. It looked like I was persecuting her because I wanted the best
“Trouble began between me and her when she and my first child altered their school report cards and I tried to correct them.
beat both of them and I was surprised that she rebelled and despised
me. Since then, we have been living like cat and mouse in the house.”
Ibrahim added that he battered his wife because she was cheating on him, an allegation which Afusat denied.
acting Court President, Mrs. R.I. Adetola, after hearing both parties
warned them to maintain peace pending the determination of the suit.
The case has been adjourned till June 16, for further hearing.