A man is currently in the wanted list of the police for beating his wife to pulp over missing N2,000 in Azeez Olaosebikan Street, Agege Lagos State.
The man identified as Babatunde Igbara, reportedly punched his 38-year-old wife, Gbemisola Igbara, in the presence of their four children until her eyes became swollen.
He committed the act on Monday morning just two days after he was released on bail from the Kirikiri prison.
Babatunde accused the woman of stealing the N2, 000 he kept in his room and battered her when she denied the accusation.
Some neighbours of the couple were said to have rescued the woman after which the incident was reported at the Abattoir Police Division.
The abused woman on Thursday revealed that her 12-year-old marriage had been fraught with quarrels, adding that she decided to endure the assaults because of her children, Punch reports.
She said: “I was very weak that morning because of the stress I passed through to secure his bail from the prison over a land matter. He woke me up and asked if I took N2,000 from his clothes. I said no. When he continued to accuse me, I asked him why he thought I would steal his money when I spent over N20,000 and borrowed money from friends to facilitate his release.
“I told him to stop disturbing me. He then started punching me in the face and my eyes became swollen. My children begged him, but he refused. It was our neighbours who rescued me from him. I am fed up; but I don’t want to pack out because of my children.”
Gbemisola explained that a similar incident happened about a year ago and she reported to the police at the Ile Epo division.
“I can no longer bear the beating. He beats me to the point that I won’t be able to open my shop for days. I took a loan of N200,000 to start the business, but it has been difficult for me to repay it because of these troubles. I have reported to the police at the Abattoir division and they promised to get him arrested,” she added.
Denying the allegations, Babtunde said his wife only slipped during the altercation and got injured.
He said: “I didn’t beat her. It was a lie. It was true that we had a misunderstanding that day but I never used my hands on her. She fell and hit her face on an object. I need to see you so that I can explain better. Our families have been trying to resolve it.”
Neighbours of the couple however, revealed that the union had been marred by violence and they have been advising the woman to leave.
A source identified as Akeem Alabi, said: “Many people on our street know he has turned the woman to a punching bag. I decided to take her picture and post it on the internet after he beat her on Monday. I want rights activists and security agencies to come to her aid and ensure justice is served.”
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