On Friday, the Customary Court in Mapo part of Ibadan has dissolved an 18-month-old marriage between an artisan, Musibau Alimi, and his wife, Bolaji, because the wife beats him every day and has promised to cause him harm.
Chief Ademola Odunade, the delivery judgment, and the court president said the marriage was dissolved for the couple not to resort to “self-help.”
According to reports, Odunade dissolved the union and granted custody of the only child to Bolaji.
He ordered the man to pay his divorced wife some of N5000 as the child’s monthly upkeeps.
However, Alimi, the complainant, told the court to dissolve the marriage because Bolaji uses it to beat him.
His statement reads, “Bolaji starts trouble by nagging for no particular reason and also spends most time in her mother’s company.
“She returns home in the night to beat me. In fact, I packed out of my own house when Bolaji’s threat to my life became too much to bear.”
On her part, Bolaji, who didn’t deny her husband’s allegations, told the court that her husband was an irresponsible man because he had never cared about her welfare.
“Musibau has never been a caring partner because he comes home anytime he feels and sometimes abandons home for three days.
“My mother paid for all my antenatal requirements when I was pregnant.
“I only pray the court to compel my husband to be responsible for our child’s welfare,” Bolaji said.