Lagos - Worried by his wife’s adulterous
acts, a naval officer, Adebote Adedoyin, has pleaded with an Agege Customary
Court in Lagos to dissolve his 37-year-old marriage.
Adedoyin, 54, who resides at the Air Force Base, Ikeja,
Lagos, told the court that his wife, Yemisi, was having extra marital affairs
with several men.
He also claimed that his wife was not submissive, adding
that there was no more love in the marriage.
"The trouble is too much; when l went on transfer for about
11 years to Kaduna, Benin, Calabar and Ibadan, she did not for once visit me.
"When l travelled to Liberia on official duty, l sent huge
amount of money to my wife for a house project.
"Yemisi diverted all the money to her personal use and
lied to me that she had opened an account and saved it on my behalf,’’ he said.
The petitioner alleged that on his return from Liberia, he
realised she had diverted the money to buying and selling from Benin Republic
without his knowledge.
"l went to Idiroko Border to make some investigations and l
realised my wife claimed she did not have a husband.
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He claimed that his wife had been going to parties and
frolicking with different men.
"I can no longer love such an adulterous woman,’’ he told
He also claimed that the wife had turned their five children
"The children do not have respect for me anymore; they have
stopped greeting and talking to me after all I did for them.
"I am asking for a divorce because this marriage has
already broken down; all we have now is lack of love and threat to life.’’
Yemisi, 53, denied sleeping with any man apart from her
She also denied all the allegations against her, urging the
court not to dissolve the marriage.
"All the claims of my husband are not true; I have never
been abusive, even as he often beats me, I still endure the marriage for the
sake of my children.
"My husband does not respect me as a wife; he claims that l
am an illiterate and that he had married an educated woman,’’ she said.
He started victimising me at home and stopped loving me and
the children since he brought another woman into the house.
The court’s President, Mr Philip Williams, appealed for
reconciliation between the couple for the sake of the children.
"The court does not encourage divorce, we are here to make
peace where possible.
"The woman should be submissive if she cherishes her
marriage,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the couple was
later invited into the president’s chamber for alternative dispute resolution.
The case was adjourned to Aug. 30 for a possible
reconciliation of the estranged couple.