Lagos – A 60-year-old man, Mr Samuel Fayose, has taken his 45-year-old wife to court seeking the dissolution of their marriage of 20 years.
Fayose on Tuesday pleaded with the Grade A Customary Court, Agege, to dissolve the marriage on the grounds of threat to life, adultery and lack of care on the part of the wife.
The petitioner, who lives at No. 8 Adesanya St., Isaga, Lagos, told the court that his wife Adetutu was fetish, disrespectful and did not care for him and the children.
The father of four — two boys and two girls aged between 11 years and 18 years –works as a storekeeper with a Lagos-based firm.
“My daughter, Funmilayo, was sweeping one day when I saw one substance among the dirt on the floor. I picked it up and discovered it was a snail shell tied with black and white tread and inside it was my hair.
“I knew immediately that it was my hair because I am the only one in the house with grey hair.
“I also saw one of my trousers with a mud with black thread. As an elderly man, I knew it was a bad omen,’’ Fayose said.
He also alleged that his “wife goes out in the evening and comes back late in the night’’ and if asked where she was coming from, she would start insulting him.
According to him, his wife once slapped him for asking where she was coming from.
“She later told me that she is the husband and not me,’’ he said.
He told the court that he sent her packing on May 26, 2011 when he could no longer condone her behaviour, adding that she took three of the children along and left one with him.
While pleading with the court to dissolve the marriage, Fayose asked for the custody of all the children.
However, Adetutu who lives in Celestial Church of Christ, Oluwatosin, Ijinle Ife Parish, Iju, denied the allegations.
“I am a prophetess in that church. That is what I do for a living. My husband is not a straight forward man from the day we met.
“He failed as a father to my children and as a husband to me. He is stingy to a fault. As his wife, I don’t know how much he collects in a month.
“He doesn’t listen to other people. He does things the way he pleases. I stayed with him for 20 years because his family members were nice to me,’’ she told the court.
She agreed to the divorce but pleaded with the court to grant her the custody of the children, including the one currently living with her husband.
The Court President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, told the couple to bring the children to court on the adjourned date and to remain at peace.
He adjourned the case till March 26 for further hearing. (NAN)