…As A’Ibom police works at rescuing kidnapped wife of ExxonMobil staff***
An Ibadan based trader, Wasiu Ajibola on Tuesday pleaded with a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve his 15 year-old marriage to his wife, Sadiya, accusing her of stubbornness and disobedience, even as the Akwa Ibom Police Command is reassuring a contract staff with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited in the state, that his kidnapped wife, one Mrs Adanma Kennedy, would soon be rescued.
Testifying before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President, Wasiu, a resident of Ayegun in Ibadan also stressed that his disobedient wife was a habitual fighter.
“My lord, I had married Sadiya before I realized that she was not capable of handling a smooth relationship as a wife.
“I noticed that she became so stubborn that nobody can talk to her. If I advice or instruct her on any matter concerning both of us, Sadiya chooses to do whatever she likes.
“Worst still, she usually rain curses on me and doesn’t mean well for me and my family.
“Recently, when nothing was wrong with me, Sadiya called her mother on mobile phone, telling her that I was dead.
“She keeps fighting me due to her troublesome nature and there is no more love between us,” Wasiu said.
The respondent however, denied all the allegations leveled against her after she had consented to the suit.
Sadiya who earned her livelihood as a farmer, also contended that her husband constantly beats her.
“I did my best to take care of Wasiu and his mother, but he never appreciated it,” Sadiya told the court.
Odunade in his judgment said it was clear from the court’s observation; there was no more love between Wasiu and Sadiya, hence, the need to dissolve their union. He therefore granted custody of the first child produced by the union to Sadiya and allowed Wasiu to take the other.
The judge also ordered the plaintiff to pay N5,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to been responsible for her education and other welfare.
Meanwhile, the police command in Akwa Ibom is tirelessly working towards a timely rescue of one Mrs Adanma Kennedy, the wife of a contract staff with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP MacDon Achebe confirmed in Eket, saying the victim was kidnapped at about 8:15pm on Sunday by unknown gunmen, while driving back to their residence at Liverpool Road, Eket with her three children.
He said, “The police are aware of the kidnap of Kennedy and the command will leave no stone unturned to ensure she is rescued.”
He said that the command would not tolerate any form of criminality in the state and advised residents to be vigilant and security conscious at all times.
Narrating the incident, a relation of the victim said on the condition of anonymity that she was forcefully taken away by six unknown gunmen, adding that the hoodlums took her away with her Venza Jeep, which was later recovered by the police on Idua Road, Eket.
“Six men in a motorcycle trailed her to her residence at Liverpool and kidnapped her in front of her gate.
“The children started screaming when the kidnappers drove away with their mother in her Venza Jeep and the police later recovered the Jeep,” he said.
He said that the victim was still recuperating from illness when she was abducted, adding that the kidnappers had yet to contact her family.
He said that the victim’s husband, Mr Kennedy Effiong, recently got a contract job with ExxonMobil, after being unemployed for more than three years.
“The family has been in a sober mood since the incident happened,” he said, adding that sympathisers had been trooping to their house to condole with the family.