- I still love him, don’t separate us – Wife
Unable to endure alleged frequent beatings by his wife, Abigail Osuya, a 58-year-old man has secured a divorce from the Igando Customary Court.
Emmanuel told the court that he could no longer cope with his wife, who he said had turned him to a punching bag.
He said, “My wife wants to kill me. She beats me almost every day with dangerous weapons. She also steals my money. On three occasions, she broke my leg, preventing me from going out for days.
“Due to her frequent beatings, I got paralysed in 2012 and that made the beating unabated.”
Osuya said that Abigail, with whom he had five children, was always threatening his life by beating him frequently, and that he was afraid she might kill him one day.
He said, “Abigail succeeded in creating enmity between me and my children. She tells them false and damaging stories about me to make them hate me.
“So, my children care for her alone, without extending same gesture to me. They always ignore me as if I do not exist.”
The petitioner also described his wife as a “thief”, who was always stealing his money and rendering him financially bankrupt.
He said it became so bad that he could no more keep money at home because of his wife’s penchant for stealing.
“She is not always satisfied with the money I give her, in spite of the fact that my children always send her money every month,” the petitioner said.
But the respondent, Abigail, 33, said that she had never stolen her husband’s money.
The mother of five said she used to cook for her husband whenever he gave her money for food.
She begged the court not to grant her husband’s prayers, insisting that she was still in love with him.
Ruling on the matter, the President of the court, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, dissolved the marriage, saying he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions.
Omilola said, “The court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.
“The couple can no longer stay together because the marriage has broken down totally. Both parties are no longer husband and wife; they are free to go their separate ways.”