By Onozure Dania
Lagos—There was mild drama yesterday at the Agboyi/Ketu Customary Court when a respondent, Mr. Bayo Bankole, broke down in tears, begging his estranged wife, Ejiro Bankole, in the open court not to break their five- year-old marriage.
Bankole, who was brought to the court by his wife seeking for divorce over allegations of his being diabolical, constant beating, which caused miscarriage and other body injuries , told the court that it was his mother and family members that are responsible for the maltreatment of his wife, pleading with her to forgive him and not to go ahead with the divorce processes.
But the wife , Ejiro, who was watching him display in the court said that the husband’s cry is coming a bit late as the harm he did to her cannot be erased with tears.
She told the court that her husband had on several occasions inflicted injuries on her, adding that the problem started when she told her husband to bring his mother so that they can take better care of her.
The mother of one said: “I told my husband to bring his mum to live with us so that we can take better care of her not knowing that I was putting myself into a big trouble. As soon as my mother in-law came to live with us the rest of the family members who even had their own houses came in, knowing that my husband does not have a job and that I’m the one taking care of everything in the house from house rent to feeding.
“I thought that they will not stay long but to my surprise they had no plans to leave and I was thinking my husband would take the initiative and tell his family to leave the house but he didn’t. So one day I told him to ask his people to leave as the financial stress was becoming too much for me to bear. Instead he beat me up and inflicted injuries on me and as a result I had a miscarriage”
Ejiro further alleged that her husband is very diabolical, stating that one day she found a pot filled with charms and asked her husband what it was and why he brought such a thing into the house. Instead of answering, he started beating her, adding that her husband left home for days without coming back and she believes he went to other women and sometimes in a juju man’s house because whenever he came back home he would have the urge to sleep with her immediately, no matter what time it was and if she refused he would make sure he had his way and after he does that she feels very sick in a strange way.
She said: “When I now decided that I can’t put up with his attitude anymore, I told him that I am divorcing him as I can no longer continue with the marriage, he threatened my life and told me he would kidnap our daughter and pour acid on any man he finds me with. My mother in-law and the rest of his siblings made life difficult for me, they couldn’t even appreciate the fact that I have being the only one taking care of every responsibility in the house, instead of showing appreciation they intimidated me because I’m not from their place”.
The respondent, who continued with his tears, kept blaming his mother for his woes adding that she instigated him to mistreat his wife.
The President of the Court Mr. O.T Williams, after listening to both parties adjourned the case to January 13, 2016, for further hearing.