My wife preferred former boyfriend to me, says Arowolo
AKOLADE Arowolo, who allegedly stabbed his 29-year-old banker wife, Titilayo, to death on June 24 at their home, has told a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja that he had never for one day beaten his wife ever since they got married but she preferred her former boyfriend to him.
In his testimony before Justice Lateefa Okunnu Thursday, led by his counsel, Mr. Olanrewaju Ajanaku, Arowolo told court that his late wife preferred her former boyfriend to him and that was why they were having problems in their marriage and not because of violence
He stated that he is a graduate of Genetics from the University of Lagos, noting that he met his wife during his post-graduate programme while helping her to sort out some academics challenges.
In his evidence, he told the court that they got married on August 8, 2008 and their marriage was blessed with a child.
Arowolo stated that he celebrated his birthday every June 21. “My last birthday was June 21, 2011. On that day, my wife woke me up from bed about 6:30a.m. to wish me a Happy Birthday. We prayed and that led us to discussions on how far we had gone in marriage and what we intend to do in order to make the marriage grow stronger”
He continued that the first argument he had with his wife after marriage was when she requested for N500, 000 for baby products. ‘I told her I had spent so much money on our wedding. I pleaded with N100,000, she insisted if I didn’t give her the said amount, she would leave the house, which she did.“
He further stated that in June 2009, he noticed some funny attitude and total change from his wife, “so I just opened up to a female colleague and she advised me to give her some time.”
“ I went for the Holy Ghost vigil at the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Friday night intending to return home by Sunday, but when I was missing my wife, I decided to go home, only to meet a male guest in my house. When I asked my wife for not calling me all through, she flared up and left home.”
He earlier told the court that his wife was having irregular menstrual period and then he took her to the hospital before she opened up to him that her step-mother took her for abortion and family planning, which resulted to medical implications, which will take like eight to nine years before she could conceive.
“ The deceased insisted that she didn’t know why she obeyed her step-mother in doing certain things she wouldn’t have done. She felt hypnotized,” he said.
He told the court he decided to go and sleep in his friend’s place one day but he was surprised that his wife did not bother to call him all through the night, adding that he returned home the next day because he was missing her and the baby.
When he got home, according to him, he decided to check her phone if she had made any calls the previous nights.
He said: “ I discovered that she had called three people the previous night when I went through the call logs. I saw that she had called her father, her former boyfriend, Ehime and one other person I didn’t know. So, I didn’t know how to confront her, I was thinking of how I was going to present it to her so I decided that I would ask her when we were eating. So I asked her that wasn’t it funny that I did not come home last night and she never called me?“
“She said she didn’t have credit and I said ‘but you had credit to call your Daddy, your former boyfriend and one other person’. My wife got very angry and said I should never touch her phone again that she had the right to call anybody she wished to call and right in my presence, she called her former boyfriend.”
According to him, that was the first time ever in their marriage that he slapped her and she ran out of the house and left the baby behind in June 2011.
“My style was that whenever she came home with any funny character, I would leave the house.”
He also blamed his wife’s family for interfering in their marriage.
Justice Okunnu, subsequently, adjourned further hearing till May 22, 2013.