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Wife battering ends 12-year marriage

21 February 2013, 09:54

Lagos - An Agege Customary Court on Wednesday in Lagos dissolved a 12-year- old marriage, citing wife- battering by the husband.

The President of the court, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, said the marriage was dissolved because it had broken down irretrievably.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petitioner, Mrs Adesuwa Oluwadamilare, 33, had filed a suit on Sept. 24, 2012, seeking the dissolution of her marriage with Mr Ibukun Oluwadamilare.

She accused the husband of constant battering and threatening her life.

Sokunle ruled: "Starting from today, you seize to be addressed as husband and wife. You should go your separate ways and maintain the peace.

"The marriage has broken down and it is hereby dissolved."

The court granted custody of the three children of the marriage of ages five to 10 years to their mother.

Sokunle ordered the estranged husband to pay N15, 000 monthly for the children’s upkeep and that he should also be responsible for the education and medical needs of the children.

Earlier, Adesuwa, who lives at 18B Kayode Joseph St., Powerline, Oke-Ira in Ogba, told the court: "My husband had wanted to make love to me in the presence of our children but I refused.

"He then beat me mercilessly to the extent of removing one of my teeth. My husband has failed to care for his children and me.

"He prefers to go to the clubhouse and give people free beer and he usually comes home to steal my money to fund his reckless spending."

She added: "We live in one room but my husband will not wait till midnight when our children are asleep before removing my pants.

"I want the marriage dissolved and the court to grant me the custody of the children."

The husband, Oluwadamilare, said he could only take his wife back if she was ready to be pregnant for him for the fourth baby.

"My wife had flirtatious relationship with several men and sent money and recharge cards to them.

"I traced her to where she was going one day and saw her entering a hotel after she had told me that she was going for a vigil in a church," he told the court.


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