A Lagos Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Ojo, Lagos, yesterday, heard how a 50-year-old lawyer is being maltreated by his wife because he cannot buy her a new car.
Adewoyo Adetoro, a lawyer who resides at 5, Adekanbi Lane, Okokomaiko, married his wife,Ronke 12 years ago. The have three children aged 11, nine and five.
Adetoro alleged that his wife has become egocentric and materialistic especially since she started keeping a clique of high class women as friends.
He said: "All had been moving on well with my marriage until she started keeping the company of high class women some years ago.
"In 2006, my wife engaged me in a fierce battle over my inability to buy her a car. She even bit-off my lower lip because I told her I had no money for a new car.
"I have received several slaps from this woman I call wife. "I had initially sought dissolution of this marriage in 2006, but her family members intervened and I relented. She makes unnecessary demands that are too hard for me to meet."
Adetoro alleged that since the beginning of the year, she has increased her demand for a new car because all her friends have cars. He said he had to sacrifice his own car for her, but she is insisting on a new car.
"I even sacrificed my own car for her just for the sake of peace, but she told me that she was not a second hand wife and should be given a new one."
He said his wife demanded that daily food allowance must be increased from N600 to N2, 000.
"Worst still, this woman told me that I must change the cooking stove to a gas cooker.
"Without my consent, she used my money to open a shop at Iyana-Isashi, but my anger now is that she makes my children go to school late and leave early so that they can come and sell for her. I don’t like it because it is affecting my children’s education," the lawyer said.
He said: "My wife is too self-centered, money conscious and wicked to be called a wife or mother.
"I pray this court to dissolve our union since I have endured beyond acceptable limit.
"I also appeal that I be granted custody of our three children as I would never allow them grow under the hands of such a greedy woman."
The court president, Mr S.B. Giwa, adjourned the case till September 11, for the woman’s response.