A man, Abimbola Olorode, and his wife, Comfort, have differed on who inflicted injuries on the wife.
While the wife had accused Abimbola of assaulting her in public, the husband said Comfort injured herself with her long nails.
But Comfort, who told PUNCH Metro that her husband was “extremely possessive”, claimed that he assaulted her for stopping by in front of their church to greet the pastor.
Comfort said, “Abimbola has been an excessively possessive husband. He suspects my every move and will not allow any man to talk to me.
“My man used to be the best husband any woman would want to have when I met him in 1999. His behavior at that time made me to fall in love with him and also invest in him financially, supporting him through his undergraduate studies. But he changed since 2008 when he got a job.
“This is not the first time he is beating me. Even my children are not safe with him. He accuses me of all sorts of things, yet he has not caught me with any man. I know he cheats on me with various women, but I don’t complain.
“This latest incident was as a result of the issues he had with his former church. He was made the youth leader of the church, but had to leave the church because he was accused of dating several women in the church including the pastor’s wife.”
The wife said she was coming from the market on Saturday and stopped by to greet the pastor, adding that the decision caused the latest scuffle.
“My husband appeared from nowhere, started beating me, abusing me and smashed my forehead with a stone he picked from the ground,” she said.
Reacting to the allegations on the telephone, Abimbola said he was not responsible for the injuries on his wife’s face, claiming that instead, his wife injured herself with her long nails.
Abimbola said, “The issue at hand is a private family affair, which is currently being resolved by members of the family. My wife is hot-tempered, but I love her the way she is.
“I would not want to start saying things that I would regret later, just because of this little misunderstanding.
“There is no evidence that I am responsible for the injuries on her face. She injured herself with her fixed nails when she fell while running away from the church. Marriage disputes are supposed to be resolved amicably without much publicity.”
On the allegations of cheating, he said his wife was just being suspicious.
“She has not heard from anybody that I have any child outside wedlock. She stood by me and I assisted her also, which is normal among couples. She is the mother of my children and I still love her. She is only being suspicious. I don’t want my home to break,” he said.
The pastor at the center of the controversy, Sam Adeniji, said the family had taken steps to resolve the issue.
“It is true that the incident happened on the church premises, I had wanted to involve my lawyer in the incident, but some family members have come to plead on his behalf,” he said.