It was like a case of digging one’s own grave. A man identified as Segun Adebayo, reportedly laid “magun” (sexual protective charm called thunderbolt) on his wife but instead of striking other men, the charm struck him.
In Yorubaland and some other African customs, men put the charm on their wives whom they suspect of infidelity.
Adebayo’s wife, Fatimah, told an Ikorodu Customary Court, Lagos, on Monday, that she decided to make her husband have a taste of his own poison when she learnt about the charm.
She said: “My husband laid a thunderbolt, known in our local parlance as `Magun’ on me. I got to discover through an old man in my area and through my father when I was sick.
“But I smartly lured him to sleep with me so he contracted the thunderbolt effect, after making love with me, he tumbled twice and I called for neighbours’ help”
Fatimah, a fashion designer who resides at Macaulay Inside, Baiyeku Road, Igbogbo in Ikorodu, prayed the court to dissolve the 14-year-old marriage because her life was threatened in the hands of her abusive husband.
“…. my husband beats me, he does not trust me and he does not take care of our children’s welfare”, she said, begging: “Please save me from this marriage as living with him is now dangerous for me. This is because he can kill me”.
When asked to comment on the allegations, Adebayo, 43, prayed the court to allow his counsel speak on his behalf.
At that point, Mrs Omolara Abiola, the President of the court said it was important to either debunk or accept the allegations before a third party could come in.
She then adjourned the case till March 7, for further hearing.