Mercy Ugba, a 40 year old business woman, has lost her marriage. In the wake of COVID 19 pandemic, Mercy travelled to Dubai on a business trip. But what she thought would be a short business trip was prolonged as a result of the restrictions on movement imposed by the government of the United Arab Emirates.
While she was stranded in Dubai, her husband started having an affair with their housemaid. The longer she stayed abroad, the deeper the romance between her husband and the maid. By the time she finally returned to Nigeria, it was no longer at ease. The housemaid was heavily pregnant.
Mercy, a holder of the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Benue State University, Makurdi, said her husband, 42-year-old Paul Ajuma, looked every bit a complete gentleman when they first met as fellow students in the school, where the latter was a student of Accounting, and they graduated the same year.
After graduation, she said, they both joined the United Bank for Africa (UBA), where they worked in the marketing department but left after three years to run a business of their own.
They, however, did not have a child until they were 12 years in marriage and were blessed with a baby girl.
She said: “We pulled our resources together and I started the business of selling high quality wrappers to politicians, business executives, bankers as well as civil servants.
“After some time, I started going to Dubai to buy expensive and quality materials
“I then told my husband, who had also left the banking job that why didn’t we use the proceeds of our business to buy a plot of land in Lafia (Nasarawa State capital) and build a house, because we were looking at settling in Lafia due to the fact that cost of living is low there.
“He bought into the idea and we were able to get a land for N1 million. I started sending money into his account for the building while I concentrated on running the business.
“You see, I got married to Paul because I was under pressure from my parents and friends who had gotten married early. And when I met him in school, he seemed to me as a gentle and good man. He was meek, intelligent and caring, so I was intrigued by his ingenuity.
“If we had dated for long, I would probably have discovered some of the traits he is exhibiting now.
“We had gotten married before I realised that he is such a man that would sleep with anything in skirt. He has neither class nor taste. He toasts women anyhow.
“But in spite of all this, I knew that pulling out of the marriage was not the best option.”
The enterprise grew and the couple engaged Dorcas as their housemaid to assist in the day to day running of the business and the home front
“Dorcas completed her secondary education while she was with us in Abuja, Gwagwalada to be precise,” Mercy said.
“I am not always around due to the nature of the business that I do, sending money into his account for the building project in Lafia.
“So when in April 2020 the schools were shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he suggested that our little daughter, who is about six years old, should travel with him alongside Dorcas to Lafia just for them to change environment for the holiday and also use the time to supervise the building project, a three-bedroom flat and three-room boys quarters..
“It never occurred to me that he could descend so low to lure Dorcas to bed, but that was exactly what happened.
“Between April and early September 2020, when they were in Lafia, I was in Dubai on a business trip and the COVID-19 pandemic trapped me there. With heavy restrictions on movement during this period, my husband turned our house girl into his housewife, having sex with her at will until she became pregnant.
“So when I returned and met Dorcas heavily pregnant, and she narrated to me what happened in Lafia and my husband got to know about it, that was the end of our happiness and that of her daughter.
“Any small thing, this man would beat me black and blue. He became so aggressive and threatened to stop the business I was doing. He said it is the money I’m getting that is making me to look down on him.
“He has made a lot of efforts to stop the business but I resisted. Even when Dorcas told me she was pregnant for him, I asked him in the night and in a polite manner as my husband.
“Unknown to me, there was more trouble ahead. It is a miracle that I am alive today.
“During my last trip to Dubai, I paid about N3 million into his account to furnish the house and fence it round, but he never used the money. He started beating me, hitting my head against the wall and punching my breasts just because I asked a simple question.
“He would say the rate at which money was coming in was making him to suspect that I was into prostitution and it was getting into my head and he needed to stop me.
“While this was going on, I travelled to Lagos on a business trip. He picked Dorcas and dropped our daughter with a neighbour on the day I told him I was coming back.
“He went to Lafia with Dorcas and are right now living as husband and wife. When I called him on the phone, he told me to go about my own prostitution as he had settled down with Dorcas who was pregnant for him.
“It is about four months now and he has never picked my calls.”
Asked what she intended to do next, Mercy said: “I have reported the matter to my parents and his own parents, but both of them asked me to keep calm and stop calling him.
“But his attitude is strange to them. We should all be patient to see what he wants to do.
Dorcas was recently delivered of a baby boy in Lafia.