A retiree, Emmanuel Oboh, 55, on Wednesday told a customary court in Lagos that he stopped sleeping with his wife and eating her food 12 years ago.
Mr. Oboh made the submission before an Ikorodu Customary Court during a hearing in a divorce suit he filed.
He said that he was fed up with the 21-year-old marriage to Comfort, 48, because she was troublesome.
The petitioner, who resides on Church Street, Agbede, Ikorodu, said that Comfort, a trader, regularly used dangerous weapons to threaten his life.
“My wife is very stubborn; she fights me with shovels and hammers. She once wounded me on the head with a very big stone.
“She fought with me last year to the extent that I reported the case to the police; she told me that she would eliminate me before the end of this year.
“Please separate us,’’ Mr. Oboh, a father of three children, prayed the court.
Responding, Comfort said that the marriage developed a problem when her husband began a relationship with another woman.
“When my husband was transferred to Epe, he took another woman and stopped coming home regularly; he no longer took responsibility for my children.
“All my violent acts were due to his bad behaviour toward me and my children,” she said.
She, however, prayed the court to save the marriage, saying that she still loves her husband.
The Court President, Emmanuel Daniel, adjourned the case to January 30 for possible reconciliation.