Mr. Paul Dawodu, a pastor in an unnamed church, has asked an Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos State to dissolve his 18-year-marriage with his wife, Adijat, over her abusive behaviour.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the petitioner on Wednesday sought the dissolution of the marriage on grounds that his wife was quarrelsome and usually cursed people.
Dawodu, 48, a resident of Ogalami Street, Ikorodu, also told the court that the respondent fought a lot and did not take to correction.
“My wife finds joy in abusing and cursing fellow human beings; she can abuse even a ghost and she fights me regularly.
“I have tried coping with her for years but I can’t, anymore.
“She no longer lives with me, as she deserted the house 12 months ago. She reported me to the Human Rights Commission and accused me of being irresponsible.
“She still went to abuse the people at the commission’s office recently, where I was ordered to pay the children’s feeding allowance through them,’’ he said.
Dawodu, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage and award the custody of their four children to him.
Denying the claims, the 38-year-old respondent trader and third wife to the pastor, said her husband had not told the truth.
“All that my husband said is not true; I only fought them at human rights office when they refused to give me my children’s feeding allowance which my husband drops monthly.
“Help me to beg him; I still want to be his wife,” she prayed the court.
The President of the Court, Mrs. Funmi Adeola, begged the petitioner to accept the plea of his estranged wife since he is a pastor.
“I beg you to accept her plea. Being a pastor, you might have heard some similar cases in the church and I believe you’ll settle them when you hear such,” she said.
Adeola also scolded the woman and urged them to remain at peace.
She adjourned the case until March 27 for possible reconciliation.
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