Gbade Olaniyi, an electronic trader, has pleaded with an Ile-Tuntun customary court in Ibadan to dissolve his seven-year-old marriage to Olubunmi, his wife, claiming that she frequently beats him.
Testifying before the court on Wednesday, Olaniyi said: “my wife has emasculated me. She has sent my friends and family away.
“Anytime we have minor misunderstanding, she gives me dirty slaps. In fact, she slapped me on Sunday, Aug. 2, 10 days ago and tore my skin with her fingernails.
“She said she did it because I did not tell her where I went when she asked me. She has neglected her role as a wife because she leaves home for days and even months for no reason.”
Olubunmi, who consented to the divorce prayer, however, explained why she slapped him.
“My lord, my husband has turned me into pauper. Our children don’t even have good clothes to wear,” she said.
“I sometimes leave the home because he never took care of me during pregnancy. I slapped him because he sleeps with a certain young girl named Shukurat in our house and the secret leaked to me.
“I got to know when Shukurat’s aunt attacked him in my presence. I also have evidence of the love messages and credit cards sent by my husband to the girl and how they have been going to the hotel together.”
In his verdict, Henry Agbaje, the court’s president, held that the evidence provided by the couple was not sufficient enough and therefore requested them to furnish the court with more.
He also ordered them to bring their relatives and adjourned the case until August 19 for judgment.
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