Today, Lagos: President of Igando Customary court, Mr A. L. Omilola in his ruling has failed to order for the arrest of a man who allegedly raped his wife's cousin, even though the accused did not deny doing so.
31-year-old -trader, Oluwaseyi Ajofoyibo had accused her husband, Kamoru Ajofoyibo,33, of allegedly raping her cousin in their matrimonial home. According to her, she said:
“My cousin came to my matrimonial home, asking me to help her appeal to her mother over a misunderstanding; I left the house for a night... When I returned, my cousin told my neighbours that my husband tried to rape her in our matrimonial home... When she was probed further, she confessed that he succeeded in raping her... As a result of his action, I told him I was going to visit my parents in Badagry, but I packed my belongings and left with my sons... I rebuffed several attempts by our families for me to return to my matrimonial home... He then came and forcefully took away one of our sons. I want my son back, that’s why I brought him to the court. We were not legally married. He refused to pay my dowry.” Not denying the accusations Kamoru said:
“We were not having any misunderstanding. She said she wanted to visit her family in Badagry and I gave her N30,000... She said she would spend two weeks, but two weeks turned to months, and months turned into years... Our families called a meeting, she refused to talk, and she was not moved with the tears from her mother’s eyes... I relocated my son to my brother’s place in Badagry because I needed to be seeing him regualrly. “I know I have made some mistakes and I’m sorry.’’ The President of the court, Mr A. L. Omilola, in his ruling, only asked the couple to come for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on Dec. 16th and adjourned the case till Jan. 16 for further hearing.
For a case involving rape we feel this is too light a way to handle such.