A 40-year-old petrol attendant, Seun Olaleye, yesterday told a Lagos Island Customary Court that her second child became crippled due to her husband’s negligence. Seun, whose husband, Gbenga Olaleye (43), had approached the court for the dissolution of their 16-year-old marriage, told the court that her husband would abscond whenever she was pregnant.
The mother of three, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), told the court that her marriage was blissful until she was pregnant with their first child and her husband left the house to rent another apartment. She said: “Whenever I am pregnant, my husband disappears; he leaves me with no money.
Most times, I was going to his parents who could do little because they were aged. “I had three children for him, two girls and a boy, and once he knows I am pregnant he leaves the house only to return when the child is about a year or two.
“I needed to undergo surgery to be able to give birth to our second child but my husband refused to help. Eventually, the child was forced out of my womb and it affected him because he was born crippled. “Our boy, Matthew, is now 11 years old but he cannot do anything on his own.
“I and the children had been evicted from our rented apartment and now squatting with a friend while my husband stays in a three-bedroom flat at Egbeda with another woman.” Seun told the court that her husband had never been there for her when she needed him and urged the court to dissolve the marriage.