An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Monday dissolved a 20-year old marriage between Mrs Odeyemi Joke and her husband, Akintunde.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the marriage was dissolved on grounds of frequent fighting, threats to life as well as lack of care for the wife and children.
Joke, 42, a resident of No. 18, Oke-Ila, Ado-Ekiti, told the court that her husband always beat her whenever she demanded for money to buy food items.
She said that they were sent packing by their landlord when they were unable to renew their tenancy which led them to start living separately.
According to her, she went to secure another apartment somewhere and was living with the children, while her husband went to stay in his mother’s house.
She told the court that his husband would foment trouble anytime he came to visit them in their house.
The mother of five said that her husband was not ready to work, thereby making it difficult for him to feed his family.
‘’There was a day he threatened to kill me with cutlass.
“I reported him to his aged mother and younger brother; they said that they were fed up with his behaviour, ’’she told the court.
The petitioner said that her husband just got a security guard job in a private company and that he used his salaries on alcohol.
‘’He does not bother to take care of me and the children, but it is also not convenient because I am a fruit seller, ’’she said.
She said that their first child, Sefunmi, (F) 20 years old, had gotten married, while the second child, Kayode (M) 16 years, was currently staying with her brother.
She told the court that the last three children were staying with her and prayed the court to award her their custody.
NAN reports that the respondent had repeatedly shunned the court proceedings.
This, according to the court, meant that he had admitted the allegations against him.
The President of the Court, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi, observed that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.
The custody of the last three children, Joshua, (M) 12, Dunsi (M) 7 year-old, and Seyi (F) 4-year old, should remain under the custody of their mother.
Ogunsemi also ordered that the husband should be paying the sum of N3, 000 on each of the three children as their monthly feeding allowance.
He also ordered that the education of the three children should be a joint responsibility of both parties, while access was granted to the husband to see his children, but without fomenting any trouble.