The police in Lagos State have declared a certain Babatunde Igbara of Azeez Olaosebikan Street, Agege, wanted, over alleged battery of his wife. The man reportedly bartered his 38-year-old woman, Gbemisola Igbara, in the presence of their four children until her eyes became swollen.
Punch reports that Babatunde had approached the victim on Monday morning, two days after he was released on bail from the Kirikiri prison, alleging that she took the N2,000 he kept in the room.
He was said to have accused her of stealing the money and resorted to violence when she refuted the allegation.
Gbemisola told newsmen that the 12-year-old marriage had been turbulent since the man returned from prison.
“I was very weak that morning because of the stress I passed through to secure his bail from the prison over a land matter.
“He woke me up and asked if I took N2,000 from his clothes. I said no. When he continued to accuse me, I asked him why he thought I would steal his money when I spent over N20,000 and borrowed money from friends to facilitate his release.
“I told him to stop disturbing me. He then started punching me in the face and my eyes became swollen. My children begged him, but he refused. It was our neighbours who rescued me from him. I am fed up; but I don’t want to pack out because of my children,” she said.
Gbemisola explained that a similar incident happened about a year ago and she reported to the police at the Ile Epo division.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, has not reacted to the incident at the moment.