A grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Agege, Lagos, became a theatre of sorts when a couple pleading that their marriage be dissolved presented their case to the court. They also did what can only be described as washing their dirty linen in the public.
Adesuwa Oluwalere, the petitioner, who lives at 18b, Kayode Joseph St., Powerline, Oke- ira, Ogba, told the court that her husband had made love to her in the presence of her mother. She told the court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over threat to her life and frequent beating.
According to her, “My husband had wanted to make love to me in the presence of our children but I refused. He then beat me mercilessly to the extent of removing one of my teeth… If my husband has money, he won’t give me and the children, he prefers to go to the club and declare surplus and when the money is finished, he comes home to steal my money.”
She continues: “We live in one room but my husband won’t wait till mid night when our children will be asleep before drawing my pants… My husband started going to white garment church since April and so he brings home different colours of candle, he told me that his priest said he should throw me out of the house… He left the church we were both going because he accused me of going out with our pastor and I am fed up with all of this behaviour, ” she said. She then told the court that she wanted the marriage to be dissolved and also wanted the custody of the children.
However, in his own response, the husband, Ibukun, 39, denied some of the allegations. His own case: “My wife flirts with different men; she even goes to the extent of sending money and recharge cards to them from my money… I traced her to where she was going one day and saw her entering an hotel, the man she was going to meet had already waited for her… She, however, told me she was going to night vigil in the church. When she came back the next morning, I saw that her pant was wet with sperm. So, why won’t I beat her?”
“I saw a lot of love text messages on her phone, and the account number of one of her lovers and the one she sent to him that she had paid the money… She has denied me sex since April because she goes about sleeping with different men, whereas I don’t have a girl friend,” he said.
Also, in a rather funny twist to their story, Ibukun told the court that if his wife was ready to reconcile with him, she had to be three month pregnant for him: “I told her in April that I still want a fourth child and she denied me access to herself. I am ready to take her back if she agrees to my terms,” he said.
Meanwhile, in his ruling the Court President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle told the couple to go back home and call their families for settlement: “Maintain the peace while you are on reconciliation moves,” he advised. He then adjourned the case to Oct. 22, for further hearing.