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Court grants divorce after wife fears for her life

25 September 2013, 13:28

Lagos - An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday dissolved a 14-year-old marriage between Omolara Achoyamen and Solomon Achoyamen over allegation of threat to life.

The Court President, R. I. Adeyeri, ruled that since the parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, the court had no choice than to dissolve the union.

“Both parties are no longer husband and wife, they are free to go their separate ways,” he said.

Adeyeri further ruled that the issue of custody of the three children should be referred to the family court within the Lagos jurisdiction.

Achoyamen, 44, business woman, had filed a suit on June 10, seeking the dissolution of her marriage after 14 years, alleging threat to her life.

She had told the court that her husband, Solomon, was always waking up at 2:00 a.m. to break a coconut and recite incantations, mentioning her name and wishing her dead.

“At 2:00 a.m. my husband will break a coconut and will be shouting my name into the coconut that I should die.”

“Sometimes, he will bring out a cutlass threatening to kill me; claiming that I was responsible for his misfortune.”

“Solomon always forced me into lovemaking even when I am indisposed,” she claimed.

The petitioner described her husband as an ingrate, saying that she sponsored him through the university with the money she could have used by herself to seek further education.

“My sister always sent me money from abroad for my studies, but I used the money to train my husband because I already have a good business that I did not want to abandon”

“On the day of his convocation, he did not inform me; instead, he invited his relatives from the village. I only saw the pictures when I went to visit one of his brothers,” she said.

The mother of three also complained that since she got married to him, she had been taking care of the family because her husband was unemployed.

 In his defence, the respondent, Solomon, 44, confirmed that he was unemployed and that he was only using the coconut to pray.

“I always pray to God with the coconut that anyone -- my wife, my family or in-laws -- who is against my progress, should fall down and die,” he said.
He denied that his wife trained him through university, but that she only supported him financially.

Solomon said that when he had a job, he cared for his children, but when he lost his job, he could no longer fend for them.

-    NAN

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