26th June, 2014
A 38-year old woman, Anita Okumagba, has been arrested and charged before magistrate’s court sitting in Ejigbo, for allegedly using an iron rod to break a housewife, Mrs Adetunji Folayan’s head in Shasha, Lagos, western Nigeria.
According to Adetunji, her rival, Anita from Delta State, overpowered and chased her away from her matrimonial home and took over her husband. She said since then, they had been living together as husband and wife, and Niyi Afolayan, Adetunji’s husband had been taking care of Anita’s children to the detriment of their own children. The incident happened at 6 Clement Ekptome close, Coker Estate, Shasha Lagos.
Adetunji said that she had a quarrel with her husband, Niyi Folayan and she moved out of her matrimonial home with their three children.
She said instead of her husband to settle the matter, he went and brought Anita who was already married to another man with three children.
She said when she got the information that Anita had moved to her home, she went and discovered that Anita had taken over as Niyi’s wife.
She said when she attempted to inform Anita that she was Niyi’s wife, she got angry and walked her out and when she resisted, she was beaten up by Anita who later took an iron rod and broke her head.
But contrary to the Adetunji’s claims, Niyi stated that Anita was a tenant in his house and he did not marry her as claimed by Adetunji.
He said when his wife left, he decided to let out an apartment and contacted an agent who rented it out.
He said though Anita was living in the house, she had her own apartment as a tenant.
Anita also confirmed that she was a Niyi’s tenant, having rented the apartment from an estate agent.
She said when she moved into the apartment with her children, she did not meet or know Adetunji before she suddenly confronted her and claimed that she was married to Niyi.
A case of assault was reported against Anita at Shasha Police Division. She was arrested and charged to court. When she was arraigned, she pleaded not guilty.
The presiding magistrate, Mr P.E. Nwaka granted her bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety.
Anita was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when she will fulfil her bail conditions. The matter was adjourned till 14 July 2014.