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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 19 January 2022


Divorce-seeking Gombe woman accuses husband of biting her during fight

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A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Unguwar Idi, Gombe State, has adjourned a case of divorce initiated by a woman, Lawiza Muazu, against her husband, identified simply as Alhaji Muazu.

The presiding magistrate, Garba Abubakar, adjourned the case till next Monday to enable the woman to present her witnesses.

Muazu accused her husband of biting her while they quarrelled.

She alleged that her husband also beat her when they had misunderstandings. She said, “The latest quarrel we had was when I refused to cook food for the house. My action was as a result of the non-provision of firewood or charcoal by him.

“When he beat me for the first time, I went home, but my father asked me to go back. My husband later resorted to biting me after the beating. He bit my fingers for refusing to cook food.”

She asked the court to dissolve the union, saying she could no longer tolerate her husband.

Responding to the allegations, Muazu denied biting and beating his wife.

He said, “She refused to cook for one week, which contravened the agreement that my two wives would serve food to the house on their cooking days.”

Muazu explained that as a result of that, the co-wife, Jummai, refused to give Lawiza the food she prepared.

“In protest of not being served by her co-wife, Lawiza got hold of me, demanding her rights. She put her hands in my pocket, trying to remove money by force. It was as a result of it that quarrel ensued between us, but I never bit her,” he added.

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