Lagos, – A middle-aged auto mechanic on Monday asked a Mushin Grade A Customary Court to dissolve his eight-year old marriage because his wife was allegedly fond of beating him up whenever they quarrelled.
“I have never seen such a troublesome woman like my wife; she hits me with all sorts of wooden and iron objects whenever we have a quarrel and has inflicted several injuries on me. I usually don’t retaliate when she hits me.
“Her actions have been threatening my life and I can’t wait till she kills me before I save myself.
“I am tired of the marriage and I want to put an end to it,” Ibrahim Salami pleaded with the court.
Salami also accused Keji, his petty trader wife, of being an unrepentant adulterous woman who was fond of dating other men in the neighbourhood.
“My wife is a wayward woman. I can no longer vouch for her fidelity. She is always hiding the children from me and forbids them from talking to me. I believe she wants to take them to the home of one of her numerous boyfriends.”
But Keji denied the allegations, claiming that it was her husband who dated one of her friends.
“I am a responsible and Godly woman. I am not adulterous. It was Ibrahim who dated my friend in spite of my pleas. He even bragged about his shameful acts. He plays all sorts of mockery music to infuriate me in the house.”
Keji said that the divorce suit filed by Salami was a way of evading his financial responsibilities as a father.
“He wants to divorce me so that he can abandon me and the children. He doesn’t want to take care of them. He has never really cared about their welfare.
She urged the court not to grant her husband’s divorce request, adding that she was still interested in making their marriage work.
The Court President, Mr Abayomi Ipaye, advised the couple that quarrels were inevitable in marriage since it involved two people with different perception and background.
“Both of you are from different backgrounds; you have diverse opinions on various issues, therefore, you will constantly disagree.
“Disagreements breed quarrels in marriage but they can be managed with maturity and a lot of patience.”
He called on the couple to exercise endurance and humility for long lasting and blissful marriage.
Ipaye adjourned the case to March 7 for further hearing. (NAN)