A 66-year-old man, Alaba Aribisala, has asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State, to dissolve his 5-year-old marriage to his wife, Adenike, on grounds of lack of care.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Aribisala, told the court that since 2012 that he started living with the respondent, she had not shown him love.
He alleged that Adenike often prepared food for their twins, but would refuse to prepare his.
The petitioner also claimed that the respondent does not clean the house nor wash his dirty clothes.
Aribisala, explained that any time he corrected the respondent, she would start cursing him.
He told the court he was no longer in love with the respondent and urged the court to dissolve their marriage.
The petitioner further urged the court to award custody of his two children to the respondent because the twins were just four years old.
He stated that he would provide N3, 000 as monthly feeding allowance and would be responsible for their education.
The respondent, Adenike, a tailor, denied all the allegations levelled against her by the petitioner.
She told the court that when she met the petitioner in 2012, she agreed to marry her and he rented a two-bedroom apartment and they were both living there comfortably.
Adenike said that she often prepared food for him and wash his dirty clothes.
She denied ever cursing the petitioner or show any disrespect.
The respondent told the court that since giving birth to the twins, the petitioner had failed to care and provide for her and their kids.
She alleged that her husband was in the habit of visiting different prophets and herbalists to provide solutions to his business challenges.
According to the petitioner, “He’s an elder in our church, but he visits herbalists and prophets. On one occasion, he told me that a prophet said that I was responsible for the problems that he was facing in his business.’’
Adenike, however, absolved herself of any complicity in her husband’s business challenges.
She told the court that the petitioner was violent and often physically abused her, after which he would order her to pack her belongings out of his house.
The respondent said that the petitioner had been threatening her life, but that she was just enduring the sufferings in his house.
She prayed the court to grant her custody of their children and requested for N20, 000 as monthly feeding allowance for their children.
She agreed with the petitioner for the dissolution of the union, but appealed to the petitioner to give her more time to get a good accommodation.
The court president, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, after hearing from both parties, adjourned the case till October 26, for judgment.