What will you do if your spouse's mother beats your own mother mercilessly and even injure her in the process? This is the current state of affairs in the family of Mr & Mrs Ugbalaka, who live in Lagos, Nigeria.
There was drama in the home of the Ugbalakas recently when the mothers-in-law of the couple engaged in a fight in which one of them lost a finger.
Mrs. Uche Ugbalaka, who has filed for divorce over the incident, told an Agege Customary Court that her husband's mother chopped off her mother’s finger when she tried to make peace in the family.
She claimed that her husband, Everest Ugbalaka, having realised the consequence of his mother’s action, ran away with his mother. She said her husband later came back with the police and arrested her mother, who was detained for four days.
Mrs Ugbala said what informed her decision to institute a divorce case against her husband was that claimed not to realise the gravity of his mother’s inhumanity to her mother. She said she can no longer have anything to do with Everest again and urged the court to separate them.
On his part, Everest denied the allegation and informed the court that he loves his wife so much that he gave her N600,000 to start a trade. He said she used the money for other purposes, adding that he also bought her a generator to make her comfortable.
He stated that his wife doesn't show enough love to the family, adding that she abandoned him and their two little children, and relocated to a girls’ hostel.
Everest said that he did not enjoy any bit of the marriage, because his wife had been moving in and out of their matrimonial home and all efforts to make peace with her had been abortive as she always rained curses on his mother.
Having listened to both parties the president of the court, Mr. Emmaunel Shokunle, said the matter is a serious one. He adjourned the case to a later date for judgement.