11th June, 2010
Governor of Bauchi State and the in-law of the late President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, Mallam Isa Yuguda has sacked his third wife, Mariya A. D. Ruafi, whom he married 10 years ago.
The circumstances surrounding the governorâ€™s divorce mess were not clear, but sources revealed to Ureports, an on line news blog, that the first lady, Mariya, returned to Bauchi from a medical trip to Germany when Yuguda ordered her out of the house, giving her a deadline of two hours or police eviction.
According to the report, Governor Yuguda ordered her not to remove any property and also instructed the police to retrieve her vehicles and other gifts. The police have since carried out the governorâ€™s orders.
However, they (Police) were unable to stop Mariya from taking along her three children. She managed to escape with them and her whereabouts has since remained unknown.
Unconfirmed reports alleged that she may have escaped overseas with her children.
Investigations revealed that the bickering started when on 5 May, 2010 President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua died and was buried the following day in Katsina and Mariya, who was on a medical trip to Germany, was absent. Governor Yuguda was enraged by her absence, reports said.
The relationship of the Bauchi State governor and his wife had been frosty for two reasons. First, she was accused of leaking important information about the state to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed.
Second, Mariya reportedly congratulated the new Minister of the Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bala Mohammed. Yuguda and Yayale do not enjoy a cordial relationship with Bala. The daughter of Senator A.D. Rufai, a second republic lawmaker, Mariya was previously married to Aliko Dangote but moved to Yuguda in 1999/2000 in a â€œfamily arrangement.â€
Yuguda has three other wives. Aisha, Abiodun and Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s daughter. But a source close to Yuguda family said Mariyaâ€™s divorce may not be the last. Since her father is dead, the source said, Yuguda may soon divorce Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s daughter.