A 37-year-old husband, Ganiyu Fatai, asked an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State to dissolve his 16-year-old marriage to his wife, Modupe. Fatai is seeking the dissolution on the grounds of adultery, threats to life, stubbornness and lack of respect for him and his family.
Fatai told the court that when they were living with his brother, people always told him that she was wayward. He said that there was a time his wife went to Aso-Rock hotel with a lady that lives close to their house, saying his brother’s wife and his friend told him.
The father of three said sometimes she will go out without his consent and she will not return back in two days or a week. According to him, there was a day she left home for two days during Christmas eve and there was nobody to cook for the children.
“When she came back, I ordered her to leave my house but neighbours intervened”, he said. He claimed that there was a day he asked her to accompany him to the hospital and when he was treated, she told him that she wanted to stay with the nurse that he can go home.
“I hid in a place and watched her as she took a cab to Ilawe and I followed her with a bike. She went to a man’s house but I refused to cause commotion at the place. “When I asked her what she went to do, she denied but later confessed that she went for a naming ceremony”, he said.
Fatai said that his wife and her friend went to fight with a lady he was dating, saying they beat her and they later came to his shop to vandalise the place. He said the lady came with the police to arrest her and afterwards came back to pack her belongings and left with the children.
He said that there was an argument between them when he called her a prostitute, saying she broke a bottle that she would stab him. He said that he had called her on several occasions to settle their dispute and live a peaceful life but she was not ready.
He therefore prayed the Court to dissolve the marriage and award him the custody of the children. But the respondent, Modupe, denied all the allegations levelled against her.
She said during her second pregnancy, she and her neighbour went to look for job somewhere, saying the place was opposite Aso-Rock hotel that her husband alleged. Modupe said that she always go to her shop and come back in the evening, saying she was not a wayward woman.
She said there was a time she saw her husband’s number on their tenant’s phone and when she asked the woman, she told her that it was her brother’s phone number.
The respondent said that there was a time in the midnight, she noticed that her husband was not beside her and that as she went out to look for him, she met him and their eldest daughter standing on a rock opposite their house.
She said when she asked him what he was doing with the girl, he told her that he was trying to talk to her.
She alleged that he always beat her often.
She prayed the Court to award her the custody of the children because many of her children had died in his house, saying Fatima is her fourth child.
President of the Court, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, after hearing from both parties adjourned the case till October 20 for judgement.