A 23-year-old woman, Firdausi Sulaiman on Monday dragged her husband, Haruna Haruna, before a Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, seeking divorce on grounds that he beats her and says she eats too much.
In her petition, Sulaiman, who lives in Rigasa in Kaduna, told the court that her husband, Haruna, locks up the kitchen in the night, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
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”In our seven years of marriage, I have not spent a complete year without him sending me back to my parent’s house. I was forced by my brother into marrying Haruna when I was 16 years old. He banned me from receiving visitors in our marital house. He also beats me.
”When I got fed up, my parents got to know about what I have been going through and reported the matter to his mother. His mother told me that he was possessed by an evil spirit,” she said.
She prayed the court to terminate the marriage and give her custody of their only daughter.
In his defence, Haruna, a civil engineer through his counsel, M. K Mustapha, said his client is mentally okay and not possessed.
”My client doesn’t look like someone who is possessed by evil spirits or has mental problems. In fact, he is currently in Katsina State executing some projects”, he said.
The Judge, Nuhu Falalu, after listening to both parties, adjourned the case till October 4, 2021.
He ordered Haruna’s counsel to invite the couple’s parents or guardians to explore an amicable solution.