Cases of domestic violence often sounds distant until it happens to you: just like Comfort Oluwaseun Adebowale found in the hands of her husband, Olorode Gbenga.
Stories of domestic violence is growing everyday in the country and the case of Comfort Oluwaseun Adebowale who was beaten brutally by her husband, Olorode Abimbola Gbenga for allegedly exchanging pleasantries with her pastor, is making the rounds in the media as well as drawing loads of condemnation from Nigerians.
The story of spousal abuse was made known by a lawyer and journalist, Barrister Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, who sent a mail to several media houses.
This is how Barrister Iwuchukwu painted the story:
"For Comfort Oluwaseun Adebowale, marriage is for better, for worse. This principle has been her guiding philosophy since she walked down the aisle with her husband of 15 years, Olorode Abimbola Gbenga, a teacher in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Comfort decided to love and give him a chance when they met in 1999 though he was a nobody then; his parents were late and his family abandoned him to fate and harsh realities of the society.
She was the one paying the bills and sponsoring him in school; in her words, 'I did it for love, believing I was investing in the future of the man that I loved and wanted to spend the rest of my life with.'
Things took downturn in 2008 when the husband got a job and then his behavior changed, he started keeping late night, started behaving funny, answering calls from unknown women and then the worse of it, she became his punching bag.
In her words:
I was enduring, hoping and praying that he will change. I cried to God in the night to touch his heart and bring him back home but it seemed that things were getting worse.
My husband of 15 years decided to rub it on me by dating my friend, a prophetess in our church and the wife of the shepherd of Christ Anointed & Miracle Church, Aregbesola- Eleweran, Abeokuta.
In a telephone conversation with this reporter, the battered woman narrated that the husband and the prophetess started dating late last year and then afraid that Karma will catch him, he directed her not to respond, greet or be found talking with the man he snatched his wife from, who is incidentally the good shepherd of their church, Pastor Samuel Adeniji; (Good Shepherd position is akin to a pastor in modern pentecostal church.)
A directive that she disobeyed on Saturday 3rd January, 2015. On her way to the market, she saw the Pastor that the husband snatched the wife sitting in front of their church, she stopped to greet him and and before one could say Jack Robinson, the husband appeared on the scene and what happened next looks like a horror straight from Nollywood film.
The enraged husband slapped her in public and if that was not enough, he picked a stone from the ground and smashed it on her fore head, raining unprintable words on her and cursing her to die.
Comfort was left in a pool of her blood and it took the intervention of good spirited individuals who took her to the hospital.
When I asked her whether she has reported the matter to police, she said yes she has done that only that her father-in-law, ACP Olorode Timothy, retired as a policeman and the husband has been using that influence to stop the police investigation from going on.
Oluwaseun Comfort Adebowale wants women suffering Domestic Violence to learn from her story and do the honorable thing and walk out before it is too late.
Oluwaseun Comfort Adebowale can be reached on this number 08122174991 for further assistance and help."