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Wife seeks dissolution of 13-year-old marriage over son’s battering by hubby

Ibadan – A mother of three, Nafisat Muhibudeen, on Wednesday pleaded with a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve her 13- year-old marriage to Salawu Muhibudeen, over constant battering of their 12-year-old son by his father.

Nafisat, a nurse, who resides at Moniya area of Ibadan with her husband, had filed a suit, seeking the severing of the union, alleging that her husband had been physically assaulting their eldest son.

“Muhibudeen has subjected our first child to constant battering and also sent him out of the house to become a wanderer.

“Anytime he descends on the 12-year-old boy, he will beat him to the point of killing him.

“The child started avoiding the home and for days, may not return home, sleeping in dilapidated or uncompleted buildings in the neighborhood.

“My Lord, if I try to rescue him, Salawu will pounce on me, turning me into a punching bag, ” Nafisat testified before the court’s president.

“In fact, when the problem became unbearable for me, I reported him at a certain radio station in Ibadan that settles disputes between husbands and wives, but Salawu refused to appear on the programme.’’

But Salawu, who denied all allegations, objected to the dissolution of the marriage.

“I am not in the habit of beating Nafisat, she has formulated all the lies.

“My lord, I was the one who cured her of her ailment before marrying her, she cannot abandon me now,’’ he told the court.

According to him, anytime Nafisat parks to her father’s house, she falls sick and I still cure her.

“About the child, the boy is fast growing up to something else and as a father, I have the duty to teach him some sense.

“ I did not commit any child abuse,” Salawu said.

The court’s President, Mr Ademola Odunade, however, asked the couple to go back and reconsider their positions on the matter and come up with more evidence to support their claims.

He adjourned the case until Sept. 9 for judgment. (NAN)


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