A 37 year old businessman has dragged his wife before a Grade ‘A’ Customary Court, Agege, Lagos, seeking the dissolution of their five year old marriage over infidelity.
The petitioner, Tope Fasanmi, who gave evidence before Agege customary court accused his wife, Zainab, 32, of assault, brutality of house-maids, lack of respect and threat to life.
He told the court that their relationship, which was blessed with one child, aged five, became sour in 2007 when his wife failed to show up at their marriage registry.
“My wife is wayward, she doesn’t respect me or my family and she had threatened to kill me with a knife during one of our usual quarrels.
“The first two years of our marriage, I was the one cooking in the house; she doesn’t cook, neither does she know how to take care of the house.
“Also, any time we are fighting, which is normally caused by her, she always tells me that I am not the one she should have married but her banker friend,” he said.
Fasanmi, who lives at 8, Metal Box Road, Ogba, also told the court that his parents-in-law were the ones misleading his wife.
“Anytime I plan with my wife, I always receive phone calls from her dad on what my wife and I discussed and at times, my father-in-law always stopped my plans, which I didn’t like.
“All my wife’s friends are divorcees, and all my efforts to stop her from keeping them have proved abortive as I could not control her.
“My wife was too harsh to all the house-maids we have had; she used to beat them any how and I hate maltreating people, especially the less privileged.
“I got to know from her text messages that she was having an extra-marital affair with someone and it was through that message that I got to know that her mum was aware of the illicit relationship.”
In her defence, Zainab, a trader who lives at No. 2, Igbowu St; Mushin, told the court that her husband wanted to leave her because she had stopped giving him money for his business.
“I have been with him through thick and thin; I have been an honest wife, faithful and always ready to listen to him.
“My husband has not been fair to me, he met me a virgin and no man had ever slept with me except him.”
The court President, Bola Giwa adjourned the case till January 29, 2013 for further hearing.