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Man threatens to set wife, self ablaze over sex

By Wahab Abdulah
An Alimosho Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Lagos was stunned last week when an enraged   Mr. Olayinka Ajayi-Bembe threatened to set himself and his   wife, Mrs.  Bolanle Ajayi-Bembe on fire, except the court immediately dissolved their  marriage.

His grouse was  that the woman had repeatedly denied him sex  for over three years   while at the same time going out with another man despite still married.

The aggrieved husband stormed the court with an empty keg of petrol insisting that the marriage must be dissolved otherwise  he would cause commotion either in court or in their home, if the court did not   resolve the matter that day.

He disclosed that he and the  woman   cannot continue to live under the same roof.
Ajayi,  who frowned at the efforts of the  Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Alausa to resolve the matter, complained  that only a speedy trial and dissolution of the case would stop him

According to him, allowing the OPD to intervene in the case, especially after the matter is before a court of law was like adding salt to his injury.

He said “I cannot continue to live with this woman again, by the time I finish with her, the story will   change. I will set both of us on fire, if she dares follow me to my house.

“I am tired of living under the same roof with a woman who has denied me sex for over three years. She has become   unruly and had also refused to cook for me.”

He argued that his  wife has been coming with another man to her matrimonial home to have sex when he is not around, adding that the man lives in their neighbourhood.

“She brings her boyfriend into our matrimonial home, right on our bed, when ever I go to work. The man lives very close to our house and he is a member of a dreaded militant group. I cannot continue to risk my life because of an ungrateful wife,” he said.

The court quickly advised him not to carry out his threat, saying that it is impossible to join   unwilling partners or couple together.  He was told that he should exercise   patience to allow the matter to be settled legally.

In her response, the woman at the center of the crisis, Bolanle denied all the allegations leveled against her  by her husband.

She said though she would have preferred to stay   in her matrimonial home, but since the man is unwilling to be her husband, she would concede to the dissolution of the marriage.

Despite   the husbands position,   an officiall of the OPD, one Mrs Olayemi Oni who was in court argued that the couple could still resolve their differences. She prayed the court to grant her some time for the couple to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Before the matter was adjourned, the court warned both parties  to maintain   peace.


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