A Muslim cleric, alfa Aliu Akorede has dragged his wife, Rashidat Akorede to Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Aliu claimed that his wife was stubborn, rude and defiant and that he was forced to move out of his house because she planned to kill him and take over his property.
Aliu added that she turned all their children against him and that on many occasions, she and the children gang up to beat him.
The plaintiff, as such, pleaded with the court to dissolve their 23-year-old marriage.
The defendant failed to appear in court after being served a court summon twice.
“My lord, I moved out of my house four months ago because my wife was bent on terminating my life and taking over my property.
“She rubbed shoulder with me in the home and later usurped my position as the head of the family. She took decisions concerning the family all alone and executed them without my knowledge or consent. For example, she withdrew our eldest child from school and enrolled her in a vocation.
“She was also in the habit of leaving home any time she liked. There were times she was away from home for more than two months without informing me of her whereabouts and would return without giving any explanation as to where she went. I reported her to her parents on many occasions but she refused to change despite their counsel.
“She stopped cooking for me and totally neglected me. Any time I complained, she would shout and rain curses on me.
“She went further to instigate our children against me. They have no regard for me and constantly flouted my orders.
“Any time I had a heated argument with my wife, she would pounce on me and order our children to tie me down with a rope and they would all beat me.
“I packed some of my belongings and left my house so that they would not snuff life out of me, “he stated.
Giving his judgment, the court president, Chief Ademola Odunade stated that it was obvious that their marriage had broken down irrevocably. He added that it was expedient for the court to dissolve their union since it involved violence. Ruling, he dissolved their union and granted the plaintiff custody of their children.
The plaintiff was ordered to give the defendant the amount of N3, 000 through the court to pack her belongings from his house.