‘I’ve Not Had Peace Since We Got Married’

‘I’ve Not Had Peace Since We Got Married’

A man, Fatai Agboola, has pleaded with the Shomolu Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage of 10 years to Temitope.

Their union produced three children; however, the last child had died.

Agboola told the court that since he married his wife in 2002, he had not had peace of mind.

He stated that his wife had been very troublesome and always got into fights.

He claimed that there was no love between them and if they continued to stay together one might kill the other.

Fatai, a commercial tricycle rider, said he had on several occasions got calls while he was at work that his wife was fighting again.

He said, “She fights too much. I have not had peace of mind since we got married. My family members have abandoned me because of her. They say they do not want her trouble.”

He added that she had been detained in a police station because she fought somebody.

He claimed that he had been evicted from four apartments because of his wife’s troubles.

He gave an example of a day he got a call that their house was on fire. The inferno, he claimed, caused the death of their last child.

“There was a time she was fighting with someone, while they were fighting, she pushed the person and the baby the person was carrying fell into a pit. She was detained because of that,” he said.

Fatai told the court that his wife was a flirt. He said that she was very promiscuous and always stealing his money.

He said, “Whenever I am going to the bathroom or toilet I wear my clothes because if I drop them, she would ransack my clothes and steal my money.”

He told the court that he had brought his wife to the same court five years ago for the same reasons but she was still not repentant.

Reacting to her husband’s claims, Temitope told the court that he was lying.

She blamed the problems of her family on her mother-in-law.

She said that her husband’s mother was not in support of their marriage from the beginning.

She said she was no longer interested in the union but her husband should provide her with accommodation.

“My husband’s mother has not been in support of our marriage from the beginning. No matter what I do for her, she is never satisfied. My husband hardly eats my food since we got married.

“There was a time I travelled to my village in Ijebu, his mother told him that I went to bring poison from my village. Coincidentally, I bought ewedu leave when I was coming. When my husband saw it, he asked me what the black thing in it was.

“I told him it was just dirt but he went to meet his mother that it was true that I wanted to poison him. His mum was part of those who brought me to court five years ago, claiming I hypnotised her son,” Temitope said.

Temitope told the court that when her husband accused her of having sex with other men when he was away, she swore with the Holy Quran that it was a lie. She said that they had sex that night.

She got pregnant not too long ago and her husband refused to take up the responsibility. He later asked her to abort it.

She said she aborted the child and that would make it the fifth child she had aborted in one year.

When the court asked Fatai’s mother to comment on the issue, she said the court should grant them whatever they wanted as she could not force them to stay together against their wish.

The court presided over by Mrs. Modupe Bajulaiye, told Temitope to find a temporary apartment pending the conclusion of the case.

She adjourned the case till Dec. 7, 2012.

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