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How long can a relationship bereft of sexual intercourse last before it buckles under the pressure of desire?

For Sherifat Asimiyu, a sex-starved wife, six months of sexual deprivation was enough for her to want out of her union to Saheed Asimiyu.

Sherifat on Friday begged an Ibadan Customary Court sitting in Agodi to dissolve her 10-year-old marriage.


“There is no doubt about his ability to provide food, money and other material things for me and the two children of the union but I am not satisfied with all these without sex.

“He abandoned me deliberately, I cannot take it anymore because I am still young and I see no reason for his action.

“To make the issue worst, he was in the habit of beating and biting me whenever we have misunderstanding over minor issues,” she alleged.


The husband, a motor spare parts dealer, said he deliberately starved her of sex for the past month to punish her bad character.

Saheed told the court that he had severally warned her to stop mixing with bad friends, but she failed to heed his counsel.

He expressed a willingness to grant her the divorce “if that is what will make her satisfied”,

Mukaila Balogun, the president of the court, approved the dissolution of the marriage and ordered the Saheed to pay N6,000 to Sherifat as monthly allowance.


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