The children of a 53-year-old petitioner, Hakeem Jimoh, 28; and Bolu Jimoh, 24, on Thursday at an Ikorodu Customary Court, Lagos, testified against their father in a divorce suit, alleging that their father’s allegations against their mother were false.
The petitioner, Mr Jimoh Ebunoluwa, a driver, had claimed that his 47-year-old wife, Modupe, was always engaging him in fight each time she erred and was corrected and she was fond of threatening his life. Hence, he was seeking the dissolution of the 30-year-old marriage.
However, the children in their claims, told the court thus: “Our father is not saying the truth; our mother has never, even for once, threatened our father’s life.
“We were living in peace until our daddy married another wife.
“Ever since he brought in this second wife, there has been trouble in the house, because our father always supports the younger wife.
“Our father stopped taking care of us and our younger ones since he brought home a second wife,” they both echoed.
Ebunoluwa, reacting to his sons’ statement, said, “I am fed up with her and don’t love her anymore. She is just too stubborn for me; I can’t cope anymore. My parents have called her severally, but she has always refused to listen to them and is always fighting my younger wife.
“In fact, she has reported me to the police and does not greet me anymore. I can accept her back in my house only when she apologizes to my parents because she is always abusing them.”
Modupe, mother of four, who was also present in court, said defensively, “I have never threatened my husband’s life. He is accusing me wrongly because he wants me out of the house. The second wife is always abusing me and I don’t retaliate. My husband wants to turn me to her slave.
“My husband and my mother-in law are always supporting the second wife, but I have never abused them.”
She denied all the allegations and continued, saying, “Help me beg him, I don’t want to re-marry at this age.”
She prayed the court to help her settle their marital dispute.
The President of the court, Mr Olu Adebiyi, ordered the couple to maintain peace in the house.
He however adjourned the case till September 21 for further hearing, urging them to bring family members along.