An Igando Customary Court in Lagos State, yesterday, dissolved the five-year-old marriage between Mr. Chukwuma Onwumere, and his wife, Obianuju, following the respondent’s threat to the petitioner’s life by always twisting his testicles whenever they fight.
President of the court, Mr. Moses Akinniyi, in his judgment said the estranged couple was tired of the marriage, adding that all efforts to reconcile them had failed.
He held: “Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court pronounced the marriage between Mr. Chukwuma Onwumere and Mrs Obianuju Onwumere dissolved today (yesterday); both parties, henceforth, cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance and molestation.”
She’s a threat to my life—Man
Chukwuma had earlier told the court that his wife was a threat to his life.
In his words: “My wife had wanted to kill me by always grabbing my testicles any time we are fighting. Apart from twisting my scrotum, she was always hitting me with dangerous weapons over trivial issues.
“She once cut me with a machete on my head during one of our fights.”
The 43-year-old petitioner said his wife was in the habit of going out and returning at will, adding that each time he cautioned her she engaged him in a fight.
Chukwuma also said his wife was fond of disrespecting him and his relations.
He, therefore, implored the court to dissolve their five-year-old marriage, saying he was no longer interested in the relationship.
‘He’s the threat’
On her part, Obianuju, in her submission, denied all the allegations levelled against her by the petitioner.
She said her husband was actually a threat to her life.
According to her, “my husband was always beating me; all the scars on my body were as a result of his battering. There was a day he beat me and one of my teeth fell off.
“There was also a night; while I was sleeping, my husband, with a charm in his hand, moved round my bed, reciting some incantations.
“I quickly stood up from the bed, but he left my room and placed the charm at my door step,” the 34-year-old woman said.
The mother of two said her husband moved her belongings to her village on the allegation that she is a witch.
She added “My husband took my property to my parents, saying he was told by a spiritualist that I am a witch. He told my parents that he was no longer interested in our marriage.”
She also denied the allegation that she attacked her husband with a machete, saying there was no machete in their matrimonial home.
The respondent, therefore, pleaded with the court to grant her husband’s wish by dissolving the marriage.