A 23-year-old woman has urged an Orile-Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve her four-year-old marriage to her husband over alleged battery and threat to her life.
“My husband is jealous and always feels insecure and thereby trailing and monitoring my movement whenever I go out or go to the school,” Mrs. Olanike Ogunsakin told the court. “Because of his temperament, I left his house for my parents house when I was pregnant. I left to prevent his frequent beating.”
Olanike, who lives at 9, Mashed Ashafa Close, Orile- Agege, told the court that her husband used the cane to beat her at every opportunity he gets, adding that he had no respect for her, and does not take care of the only child of the union.
According to her, her husband started showing his bully nature when she was two months pregnant. The mother of one is still a student. “My husband cannot take care of our child. He stays in a room apartment with his friends; so I want the custody of my child,” she said.
Her 30-year-old husband, Mr Yinka Ogunsakin, however denied the allegations. “I trailed her to an hotel with one of her concubines and since that day I stopped providing for her needs,” he said. “I married her out of pity because, according to her story, she was defiled and got pregnant which she later aborted,” he said.
“I could have called it quits with her if not for the compassion I had for her, but now, my eyes are opened, I am ready for the dissolution,” the husband told the court.
Yinka, an IT engineer, who lives at 5, Olooti Close, Orile Agege, said her wife was adulterous, and kept “many big men”. “I caught her several times and l reported to her mother but the mother was always in her support.”
The court president, Mr Joseph Adewusi, who told the couple to maintain the peace adjourned the case to April 22 for judgment.