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EXCLUSIVE: Atiku’s Wife Jennifer Leaves Home As Husband Takes Morrocan Fourth Wife, Welcomes New Son |RN

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■ The relationship was kept entirely from the public, going under public radar even as Mr. Abubakar sought the presidency against Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

By NIMI PRINCEWILL

Atiku Abubakar’s hankering for a large and boisterous household had been taken in good faith by his wives of many years. But his seemingly audacious entanglement with a new wife of Morrocan origin appears to have dropped a match in the powder barrel for his hitherto favourite spouse.

Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar, third wife of the former vice-president, has excused herself from her matrimonial home, seething about her husband’s decision to take a fourth wife, Peoples Gazette can report based on information from family sources. She has yet to file for divorce and it was yet unclear whether or not she planned to do so.

Although Mrs. Douglas-Abubakar only recently relocated to London from their family homes in Abuja and Dubai, she has mulled her husband’s action and its consequences since Mr. Abubakar first introduced his new wife to the family in 2017, sources said. He married the Morrocan that year and in 2018 they welcomed their first son together.

The relationship has been kept entirely from the public, going under public radar even as Mr. Abubakar sought presidency as the major contender against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

“He saw the relationship as a personal matter,” a family source told the Gazette over the weekend. “But it is understandable why the public would be interested in what is going on even in the most intimate corners of his household.”

Mr. Abubakar, 74, has for decades been vocal about his quest to manage the affairs of Nigeria’s governance systems. He first sought presidency in early and mid-1990s before being tapped as vice-president by Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, leaving office in 2007 after two terms.

Since then, Mr. Abubakar, a retired customs chief with vast imprints on Nigeria’s logistics and manufacturing sectors, has run in every presidential election either as a primary contender or main party flagbearer.

His political exploits and structures have deepened considerably since 2015, without any fracture amongst his three wives and twenty-eight children. Until now.

“Many people have become too used to his suave appearance that they often forget that he is a devout Muslim,” a family source said under anonymity to comment on Mr. Abubakar’s personal concerns. “His faith allows him to take four wives or even more and we all know he has the financial and intellectual ability to elevate all his wives and children.”

The Gazette understands that Mr. Abubakar’s other wives have been more accepting of the Moroccan new wife than Mrs. Douglas-Abubakar, whom sources said was considered to be the worst hit by the development.

“She saw it as a let down because of the special level of care she had been receiving from the former vice-president,” a family source said. “She just felt the Moroccan woman had arrived to take her place.”

Our sources said Mrs. Douglas-Abubakar was expected to get over the matter since the Moroccan wife has been at home for three years and their new son has already clocked two.

A seasoned attorney of Igbo extraction, Mrs. Jennifer Abubakar has long been renowned for her critical roles in her husband’s political and vast business interests.

It was widely believed that her devotion to her husband’s success informed her alleged involvement in suspicious movement of funds on his behalf, which culminated in her indictment by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs a decade ago.

The Anambra-born lawyer has since denied the scandalous allegations, dismissing them as a fruitless expedition of her husband’s political detractors.

She declined multiple requests from the Gazette for comments on her decision to move out of her matrimonial home against the backdrop of her husband’s new marriage.

A spokesman for Mr. Abubakar also declined comments about the brewing rancor in the household of the former vice-president, who is expected to run again for presidency in 2023.

Earlier this month, ThisDay reported that the presidential candidate of the opposition PDP in the 2019 general election had recently sold his stake at logistics giant INTELS for $100 million, in an apparent move to buffer his war chest in time for party convention and primaries.

If handled well, the fallout from Mr. Abubakar’s marriage to a fourth wife may not necessarily constitute a stumbling block for his political fortunes in 2023, said political analyst Shola Olubanjo.

“For those of us who know Atiku Abubakar’s journey with Jennifer Douglas, it is difficult to say that the former vice-president should not take her reservations, whatever their nature, seriously,” Mr. Olubanjo said. “Now that 2023 is gradually taking the front burner, he has to move fast.’

Nonetheless, Mr. Olubanjo expressed confidence in Mr. Abubakar’s ability to resolve the issues before campaign season to avoid being bogged down by personal challenges.

“He’s a shrewd politician and businessman,” the analyst said. “We shouldn’t expect anything less from him with respect to his household.” (Peoples Gazette)

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Married Woman Dies While Spending Night With Man Who Has Three Wives |RN

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The Plateau Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old man, Gundumi Saya, over the death of his married lover, one Mrs. Hajara Markus, who died while spending the night with him.

According to the Police charge sheet currently before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court, Jos, Saya, who has three wives and 14 children, is a resident of Zango-Dinya in Bassa Local Government of Plateau.

The accused, who is being charged with culpable homicide, allegedly committed the offence on November 21, 2018.

The Police alleged that the suspect, on November 21, committed the act of adultery with the deceased when he lured her out of her matrimonial home to have sexual intercourse with her, an offence that contravened Section 368 of the Penal Code.

The charge sheet further said that the suspect intentionally dumped the body of the deceased by the road side, after he realised that she had died in his custody while he was having sexual relations with him.

It said that the accused refused to inform the Police of Hajara’s death, thereby contravening sections 189 and 102 of the Penal Code.

The suspect, in a confessional statement, however, denied killing his lover, stating that he woke up to make love to her in the middle of the night, only to find her dead.

“I have known Hajara before she got married; I have been in a relationship with her for a long time. In-between, she got married and got divorced twice, but we still kept on seeing each other until she got married again a few years ago.

“Whenever I wanted to have sexual relations with her, I invited her to the bush where we will catch our fun, and she will return home.

“On the said date, we arranged to meet at my friend’s place, one Ojukwu, who is also married, after she had told her husband that she was going for a wedding in Bauchi State.

“As agreed, we met at Ojukwu’s house and he (Ojukwu) gave us a room to pass the night.

“Ojukwu’s wife later sent a boy with garri (cassava flour) and kuli-kuli (groundnut cake) to Hajara, which she soaked and took after which she retired to sleep.

“I woke up at 2a.m. to make love to her, but discovered that she was motionless. I quickly ran to Ojukwu’s room to alert him, but his wife told me that he did not sleep at home.

“I called him on phone to tell him what happened; when he came, I suggested that we should report the matter to the Police, but he told me not to do that because I would land in serious trouble.’’

The statement quoted the accused as claiming that Ojukwu advised him to dump the body by the roadside, which they both did, and went their separate ways.

The statement said further: “Six days after we dumped Hajara’s body, I heard some commotion in front of my house and when I peeped, I saw policemen who came to arrest me.

“I ran to the bush and stayed there for three days after which my daughter called to tell me that my elder brother had been taken away by the Police.

“I felt bad when I heard that sad news and decided to surrender myself to the Police.’’

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Jos, Saya maintained that he had no hand in the death of the late woman.

“I did not kill her. But I may not know if my friend’s wife poisoned the garri she gave her because that was the last thing she took before going to bed.’’

Husband to the deceased, Mr. Markus Jagaba, 44, in his statement, said his late wife took permission from him to attend a wedding at Jakandangiwa village in Bauchi State.

Jagaba said he allowed her to go because it was a family occasion and he did not suspect that she was going to meet another man.

“My wife told me she was going to attend a family occasion at Jakandangiwa village in Bauchi State. I did not argue with her. I simply allowed to go because I didn’t know she had other plans.

“I became worried when she did not return home after the wedding and did not respond to my phone calls. I called her family members and was shocked to learn that she was not at the wedding.

“When we did not see her after searching everywhere, my family and I reported the matter to the Police, after which I was called by the Police, some days later, to come over and identify the corpse which I confirmed to be my wife’s.’’

Elder brother to the suspect, Mr. Yakuba Saya, told NAN that no one in the family knew that he (suspect), was dating a married woman until the Police stormed their house to make the arrest.

“I was at home when the Police barged in to arrest my brother. When they could not find him, they arrested me,’’ he said; adding that his brother (the suspect) confessed to him that he actually dumped the body of his lover on the roadside.

“He told me he actually dumped the body of the woman on the roadside, but he insisted that he was not behind her death.’’

NAN reports that the Police have charged the suspect to court on  three counts of adultery, culpable homicide and failure to give notice/information to a public servant.

Saya is to be arraigned on Monday, April 1, before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos.

(NAN)

 

 

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Husband Approves Of Wife Marrying A Younger Man As Three Plan To Cohabit

A Finnish woman has started dating a younger man with her husband’s blessing and the trio are already planning how to move in together.

Sarra-Maria Karlstrom-Rantala, 32, was married to her husband, Ville, for a decade when she met Jani, her younger lover reports Mirror UK.

Sarra then decided she was polyandrous and would be married to Ville while dating Jani.

Sarra revealed she lives with her husband for one week and then her lover the next. The trio, who co-own a cafe, hope to move in together soon.

Sarra met Ville at a rock bar over a decade ago and are very happy together. But Jani was brought into their relationship after Sarra met him at a beach while filming a concert where his band was performing.

On her future plans, Sarra said; “Being married to two guys isn’t legal in Finland, so I’m legally married to Ville, and in 2020 I will have a Pagan/Viking ceremony with Jani called Hand Fastening. It’s kind of like a wedding but the priest is our friend.

“We don’t all live together yet, but we hope to soon. We do own a cafe together though.

“At the moment Ville and Jani have their own homes close to each other so I live with Ville for one week and then Jani the next week, and it carries on like so. We spend a lot of time together as a three though.

Meanwhile, Ville’s family members don’t know about the arrangement just yet. (Punch)

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Shocked Housewife Takes Rat Poison To Protest Husband’s Plan To Take Second Wife

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A 22-year-old housewife has allegedly committed suicide by taking rat poison in Miga Local Government Area of Jigawa, to protest her husband’s plan to marry another wife.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jinjiri gave the name of the deceased as Malama Hajara.

He said the jealous housewife committed the act on Monday around 6p.m. in Yanmalam village, Miga town.

“On September 18, around 8p.m., we received a report that one 22-year-old housewife identified as Hajara has committed suicide by taking rat poison around 6p.m. simply because her husband was planning to marry another wife.

“She was taken to General Hospital, Jahun, in Jahun Local Government Area where she died on the same day,” Jinjiri said.

He added that the body of the deceased had been handed over to her family for burial.

A source who pleaded anonymity told NAN that the deceased’s sister had, in 2001, attempted suicide by taking rat poison when her husband planned to marry another wife.

“Fortunately, she survived it,” the source said. (NAN)

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