HELP!!! MY HUSBAND WANTS TO RUIN MY LIFE AND CHILDREN’S LIVES WITH INDIAN HEMP
– Wife of Islamic Cleric cries out
The wife of an Islamic cleric in Ibafo, Ogun State, Mrs Aina Larubawa, has raised the alarm over the health conditions of their kids who are inhaling the smoke of Indian hemp allegedly puffed by the cleric, Isau Larubawa.
The mother of five children lamented that she had been spending money to treat two of the children – Ajoke, 10 and seven-year-old Fatimoh – who are battling eye problem reportedly caused by the smoke.
The family lives in a two bedroomed apartment.
Aina, who sells clothes, told City Round that Alfa asked her to bear with the situation or relocate elsewhere with the children.
She recalled, “I have been in these problems seven months after we got married 24 years ago. I caught him smoking when my first pregnancy was five months. We were living at a boys’ quarter in Mowe then. I wouldn’t have married him if I knew he is a smoker. He said he intentionally hid it from me and that I could do my worse.
She disclosed that at the height of the serial assaults Alfa allegedly subjected her to, he threatened to kill her and the children under the pretext that he had run mad.
She went on, “I was selling kerosene and bread while we were in a rented apartment. It was the money I realised from the business and some loans I took that we used to build our house in 2007. I am still repaying the loans. He only bought the land.
Our correspondent learnt that Alfa had initially reported his wife to a human rights group in Ibafo, One Love for Peace and Unity Foundation, claiming that she was threatening him with a cutlass.
Alfa’s childhood friend, who facilitated the couple’s marriage, Alhaji Arasi Lawal, testified to some of the allegations against the cleric in a video clip recorded at the meeting.
Lawal said, “Alfa Larubawa is my childhood friend. We have been friends since 1969 when we were bachelors. His first wife was my late sister. They have five children together. At a point, he complained to me that my sister was unkempt nd he would divorce her if she failed to change. I talked to my sister, but he eventually divorced her.
The President of the foundation, Samuel Adegeye (aka Black Moses), said the group had written a petition to the Ibafo Police Station, urging them to wade into the matter.
Our correspondent contacted the cleric on the telephone on Friday to get his comments on the allegations. When asked to react to the allegation that he took Indian hemp, he went berserk, raining curses on the wife and ended the call.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, promised to contact the Ibafo Police Division on the case and get back to our correspondent with comments, but he had yet to do so as of press time.
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