The Ondo State police command has arrested a 56-year-old former boxer, Moses Olapade, for allegedly beating his wife, Tinuke, to a coma.
The incident reportedly occurred at their residence at No. 9 Odama Street in the Oke-Aro community of Akure when his wife refused to hand over the television remote to him.
It was gathered that Olapade, a truck driver who plies the northern part of the country, had returned home from a journey on the fateful day and wanted to watch a programme on the television. He asked his 44-year-old wife to hand over the TV remote, but she refused.
Out of anger, Olapade rained punches on his wife until she fell down and became unconscious. It took the intervention of neighbors to rescue the woman from her husband after their children ran out screaming for help.
When the neighbors burst into the house to rescue the woman, they found her lying unconscious on the floor and quickly rushed her to the nearest hospital.
The matter was reported to leaders of the community, who then called the police, and Olapade was subsequently arrested.
In other news, a 20-year-old woman, Fatima has taken her father before a Kaduna Shari’a Court for allegedly pressuring her to wed a stranger.
Fatima testified in court that she is in love with someone, and according to reports, her father, Aliyu Muhammad, has threatened to take her to the village and force her into wedlock.
The court was also informed by her attorney, Malam Y.A. Bulama, that his client did not initiate a lawsuit against her father out of disdain for him. Bulama said;
“The father wants my client to marry a man in their village in Niger state. Right now she’s living in her aunty’s house because he threatened to take her to the village and marry her off.”
Fatima’s father, however, argued before the court that he had to honor his late parents’ decision to choose a groom for his daughter when they were still alive. He said;
“I married my six daughters off in the village and they are doing well. Fatima’s mother is the brains behind her stubbornness. I need permission to consult with my people over this matter.”
According to Shari’a law, a parent has the right to select a partner for his daughter, however the judge Malam Isiyaku Abdulrahman said that forced marriage is not encouraged. He also advised the father of the daughter to have patience with her.
In his words;
“You are her father, therefore you should pray for the best for her because if you are angry with her she won’t see good things.
“Allow her to present the person she wants to marry and if you are pleased with his religion and character, you allow her to get married”.
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