A 52-year- old trader, Mr Lawal Ayodele, on Tuesday dragged his wife, Olutosin 32, before an Ikorodu Customary Court, Lagos for the dissolution of their 12-year-old marriage.
Ayodele had earlier told the court that his wife had deserted their home for the past four years.
“I sponsored her to the College of Education, having graduated from the school, she started behaving differently in the house.
“She travelled abroad to further her studies without my consent, simply because I objected when she told me she would travel. She has left my house since 2008, and I don’t want to marry her again,“Ayodele said.
He also accused his wife of planning to take his children abroad without his consent. “I actually consented to their travelling before, but now I have changed my mind, I want the custody of my children,“ he said.
The marriage was blessed with three children.
Olutosin, who is also a student, did not deny all the allegations of her husband.
“Truly, he said I should not travel abroad, but my parents want me to continue my education; he was the one that brought my luggage to me, I did not pack them myself.
“My children have been with my parent all this while, and he has not been responsible for their feeding and school expenses.
“I have already prepared their travelling documents, all of a sudden, he changed his mind and told me not to take his children abroad, please save my marriage, I don’t want to remain a single mother, “ she said.
The Court’s President, Alhaja Risikat Adesanya, banned the children from travelling abroad without their father’s consent.
Adesanya advised the couple to wait for counselling and adjourned the case till Sept. 9, for possible reconciliation and judgement. (NAN)