A 48-year-old woman, Mrs Florence ltianu has pleaded with a Lagos Grade ‘A’ Customary Court, sitting in Agege, to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over battery, threat to life and lack of care. The complainant, resident at 4, Kaka Street, Agege, told the court that her marriage had never been peaceful.
However, her husband, the defendant in the case, Donatus, said his mother-in-law turned herself into his wife in his house, saying that was the beginning of his crisis. In his words: “I know I married two women, mother and daughter… The first four years of my marriage was sweet, but trouble began when my second wife (mother-in-law) started living in my house.”
But according to the wife: “I have been managing the marriage. I have been smiling outside and shedding secret tears, all because I don’t want to leave my husband because of my children.”
She continued: “Since the inception of the marriage, I have been the head of the home because my husband is so stingy and won’t part with any money unless it is stolen from him. ”I have been responsible for the house rent, feeding, children school fees and other expenses in the house. ”
Meanwhile, the court has asked the respondent to improve his relationship with his wife and see if the situation will change, while Florence should bring her mother at the adjourned date, January 29, 2013, for further hearing of the case.