On Monday the 28th of January, 10-year-old boy told Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan that his mother asked him to poison his father’s food and bathing water.
The boy explained that his mother had handed him a powdery substance which she instructed him to pour in his food and bathing water;
“After giving me the substance, my mother warned me never to tell my father or anyone about it. However, I love my father and I told him because I never wanted any bad thing to happen to him.”
It was reported that Adenike Ayodele, the mother of the boy, had earlier petitioned the court to dissolve her 15-year-old marriage to her husband, Adeshina, on grounds of domestic violence;
“For 14 years, Adeshina has not stopped beating me and the last one he did was the reason why I made up my mind to quit the marriage. On that day, I requested for money for the upkeep of the children and Adeshina beat me so much, blood started to drip from my two ears. He also broke one of my legs that day and I am still experiencing the pain till today. Again, on December 5, 2018, Adeshina came to attack me in my shop because he was not happy that my business is doing well despite inhumane treatment. Then, he threatened to ruin my business by all means and what followed was the burgling of my shop two Sundays ago. Now, all my means of livelihood have been burgled and I got him apprehended but without any positive result,” Adenike had said.
In the light of this, Adeshina consented to the termination of the marriage, but denied all the allegations leveled against him, claiming that his wife was unruly in all regard;
“My lord, I had on different occasions given Adenike the children’s school fees.
“Aside that, when one of our children urgently needed a surgery to be performed on him, I gave Adenike the required money for the surgery, but she spent it on herself.
“I sent her to school to acquire NCE, but she told the school management that she is a widow which means that I am nothing to her.
“If I give her money to buy anything at home, she doesn’t put my name on the receipt.
“Worst of all, Adenike told our second child to put poison in my food and bathing water, but, the child revealed the secret to me and I informed my relatives about it,” Adeshina said.
Report proves that all the witnesses that testified corroborated Adeshina’s submissions. However the case adjourned till February 27 for judgment.