It was a dramatic moment at Agwa Tashi community, Obi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State as a couple, Mr Thomas Agba and his wife Mary, were arrested by a combination of some vigilante group members and a few elders of the community for stealing a new born baby belonging to a mad woman.
The couple, who before now were resident in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, had been married for 16 years without an issue.
Their relationship had begun when Thomas, an indigene of Kokona LGA, met Mary, who hails from Wamba Local Government Area, and proposed marriage to her. They agreed to get married after a courtship that lasted about six months.
It was gathered that the couple agreed not to have sleep with eachother before they would get married. Mary, however kept secret the fact that she had lost her womb during an abortion she had as a spinster while Thomas also kept secret the fact that he had been impotent from birth.
Speaking with reporters, Mary said: “Before I got married 16 years ago, my husband and I never made love.
“He was the first to suggest that we should not copulate until he paid my dowry. He always told me that we should wait until we got married. Unfortunately, I never knew that he was avoiding such because he was impotent.
“Since we got married, he has not been doing his job as a husband and that always made me sad.
“Each time I confronted him on the issue of love making, he would either say he was not in the mood or ask that we should adjourn the matter till the next day.
“For 16 years, he kept giving me one excuse or the other, so he never made love to me.
“Barely a year after our marriage, I discovered that he was an impotent man. There is no complete man on earth who will spend one year with a woman on the same bed without touching her, more so your own wife.
“Many times I tried to seduce him by giving him the best of romantic kisses and wearing sexy clothes at night just to entice him, but to no avail.
“I was depressed by the situation, so almost every night, I cried and cried because I didn’t know what to do.
“Right inside me, I also know that I don’t have a womb to conceive a baby even if my husband was a man. But the truth is that I love him so much and I did not want to commit adultery or cheat on him.”
Mary added that since her womb got damaged, it was clear to her that she would have a problem with child bearing when she got married.
She said: “Whenever a new couple gets married and later gives birth, I feel happy for them. But when I realise that I will never have the same experience, tears roll down my cheeks. The joy of every family is to bear children.
“Sometime late last year, I woke up early in the morning and summoned courage to tell my husband the truth. I told him to his face that he is an impotent man and there is no way he can impregnate me for us to bear children.