Following the divorce suit filed by a businesswoman, Folake Ayinde,who urged an Agege Customary Court in Lagos, to dissolve her 13-year-old marriage to Timothy for alleged constant battery and irresponsible behaviour, the husband, Timothy accused his wife of always embarrassing him in public beginning from the day he told her that he earned only N30, 000 monthly.
Folake, 38, who resides at Ibafo Area of Ogun, also cited threat to life and lack of care for her and their three children. She told the court that her estrange husband live with his parents in Sogunle in Lagos and come to their matrimonial home whenever it pleases him.
The petitioner claimed that Timothy, police officer, kept harassing her by sending his colleagues to assault and beat her for `no just cause’. “My husband does not take care of me and our children. “I am the one responsible for the upkeep and paying school fees of our children,’’ she said.
Folake urged the court to dissolve the marriage as she was no longer interested in marriage.
In his response, Timothy denied the allegations and said that “I still love my wife’’. Timothy said that his wife encouraged him to have another wife outside of their marriage.
“She stopped me from having sexual intercourse with her.
“My wife comes home late from her business, where she sells wine and beer and always abandoned our last child with our 13-year-old daughter.
“I reported Folake to her parents, but instead of reprimanding her, they supported her, they gave her nature of business as excuse. “Her parents told me that her business sells mostly at night, therefore, she cannot come home early,’’ Timothy said.
He alleged that whenever he gives his wife money for feeding and upkeep, the petitioner usually diverts it to her personal business. The respondent added that, “she moved out of the house with the children without my knowledge.
“I tried reaching out to her, but she kept insulting me on the phone.
“From the day l told her that l earns N30, 000 salary monthly, she took advantage of that and started embarrassing me publicly,’’ he said The President of the court, Mr Phillips Williams, adjourned the case till Sept. 1 for mediation.