7th December, 2011
A housemaid, Rukayya Adam has told a sharia court in Kaduna that she heard a housewife, Saâ€™adiya Shuaibu apologising to her husband, Muhammad Adamu over the paternity of her two-month old son.
Rukayya was at the court as a witness in a case of paternity denial between Saâ€™adiya and her husband, Muhammad Adamu. She said that she heard Saâ€™adiya, who was pregnant then, begging her husband to forgive her that the pregnancy did not belong to him.
Rukayya said she overheard them talking over the issue, while she was doing her domestic chores close to the coupleâ€™s living room.
Another witness, Malam Samaila Yaâ€™u also told the court that he was present at the time Saâ€™adiyaâ€˜s father, Malam Shuaibu apologised to Adamu over the issue.
â€œShuaibu told us that he interrogated the girl and found out that the girl got pregnant before her marriage to Adamu.
â€œSaâ€™adiyaâ€™s father told us that he would further interrogate her to know the person responsible for the pregnancy to credit the childâ€™s paternity to him.
â€œThe father pleaded with Adamu in my presence to keep the nursing mother for two days as he will send for her and her property.â€œ
Yaâ€™u, however, said Adamu had told Saâ€™adiyaâ€™s father that he had already divorced her.
Reacting to the witnessâ€™ testimony, Saâ€™adiya denied that her father told Adamu that she got pregnant before the marriage. She, however, did not deny the testimony given by her former housemaid.
The presiding judge, Malam Ibrahim Inuwa said the court would like to hear from the complainantâ€™s mother because her name was mentioned.
He said that the court would make further investigation before giving its verdict on the issue.
Inuwa, therefore, ordered Saâ€™adiyaâ€™s mother to appear before the court and adjourned till December 19, for continuation of hearing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Saâ€™adiya was delivered of her son five months after her marriage with Adamu.
The development stirred controversy between the husband and the wife over the paternity of the child.