By Bartholomew Madukwe
An Osogbo Magistrate’s court in Osun has dissolved a 17-year-old marriage over complaint by the husband that his wife beats him up mercilessly for going to church. The petitioner, Mr. Asimuyu Oladosu, told the court that his wife, Kehinde, beats him whenever he goes to church or vigil and urged the court to dissolve the marriage.
Asimuyu hinged the dissolution of his marriage blessed with three children on the ground that he is tired of the marriage due to frequent beating by his wife, as well as her nagging nature. He said: “She does not go to church and whenever I go to church or vigil, she will not allow me into the house and if she does, she beats me mercilessly. And based on these facts, I want the court to dissolve this union.”
Pleading with the court not to dissolve her marriage, Kehinde admitted beating her husband, but claimed she does that only when some unknown spirits comes into her.
She pointed out that some unknown spirits push her to beat her husband, adding “what my husband said is true. I always beat him but I do not know what usually come over me whenever I did that. Some unknown spirits push me to do it. I still love my husband and I want the matter to be settled amicably. I don’t want to leave him and I promise that I will never beat him again.”
After listening to both parties, President of the court, Mrs. Temilade Agboola, urged the husband to consider the plea of his wife and forgive her. However, the husband insisted that he was no more interested in the marriage and urged the court to grant his request.
Left with no option but to grant the request, Agboola subsequently dissolved the marriage and ordered that the wife should take custody of the three children. She also ordered Oladosu to give N9, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children.