An Igando Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved the 11-year-old marriage between Mrs Adeola Olalere and her husband, Amidu after several adjournments for the parties to resolve their differences failed,
Delivering judgment on Wednesday, the President of the court, Mr Adegboye Omilola, said the petitioner was adamant despite all family intervention and mediation from the court.
“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the husband claims he still loves his wife.
“The court has pronounced the marriage between Mrs Adeola Olalere and Mr Amidu Olalere dissolved today; both parties henceforth, cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Omilola said.
Earlier, Adeola Olalere, had told the court that her marriage had been full of bitterness from constant beatings by Amidu.
“I have fainted seven times during frequent beatings by my husband and this sometimes landed me in the hospital and I regained consciousness two or three days after.
“There was a day he dragged me outside, stripped me naked and descended on me, using me as a punching bag. He did not stop until he saw blood coming out of my body.
“I am tired of being naked, being beaten and being brutalised by my husband.
“I have not been at peace since l got married to my husband. He is so rough, quarrelsome and violent in nature,” the 39-year-old fruit seller said.
The mother of four also said that her estranged husband was a drunk and a heavy smoker.
“My husband drinks to stupor and smokes Indian hemp, after which he usually loses his self-control.
“Whenever he brings his friends home to smoke and I complain, he beats the hell out of me and does not leave me until I faint.
“He collects money from me to give to his friends to buy hemp and if I refuse to give him, it is always a war in the house,’’ she told the court.
The petitioner begged the court to terminate the marriage, saying that she was no longer interested because her husband might kill her one day.
“Please, end this loveless marriage, I may not be lucky to regain consciousness next time my husband beats me to a pulp,” she added.
However, the estranged husband, who also sells fruit, accused his wife of starving him of sex.
“My wife is always denying me sex and whenever I reported her to her mother she would ask me how many times I would be having sex with her daughter.
“Instead of admonishing her daughter, she would ask me not to kill her with sex,” he said.
Amidu, however, did not deny the allegation of battery.
“I beat her regularly because she is very stubborn and does not obey my orders.
“Anytime we have a misunderstanding and I slap her, she retaliates and that makes me get angry the more,” he said.
The respondent said his wife moved out of his house with the children in January to stay with her mother and that whenever he called her, her mother would rain curses on him.
“There was a day my mother-in-law cursed me and I also cursed her that thunder would kill her,” he said.
The 39-year-old man said his mother-in-law was always accusing him of planning to use her daughter for rituals.
Amidu told the court that none of his children would inherit his property whether he was dead or alive if his wife divorced him.
The respondent added: “my wife goes out without telling me about her movement and I am always the one who cooks for the children.
He urged the court not to grant his wife’s wish because he was still interested in the marriage.