A woman, Mrs Jeliat Olasehinde, who is praying the Oja Oba/Mapo Grade C Customary Court, Ibadan to grant him divorce from his husband, Muftau Olasehinde, has given reason for her action.
Jelilat, a teacher and Muftau, an ‘Arabic teacher’ got married in 2007.
She alleged her husband of not bothering about her welfare adding that he was “full of insults and used to beat her.”
Pleading that her prayers be answered so that she could move on with her life, she said: “My husband and I have been married for nine years. We got married in August 2007.
“Before we got married, he told me he was working in SUMAL and that he was also an Arabic teacher.
“After we got married, I discovered he was not working and that he was a fake Arabic teacher.
“He earned his living by settling disputes in the neighbourhood and collecting security fees.
“He called himself an Arabic teacher, but I never saw him read or study the Koran, “she stated in court.
“We have been married for nine years and we are yet to have children, but he’s not bothered.
“I often encouraged him that we visit the hospital so that doctors could carry out necessary examination on us, but he refused to go with me. He ignored doctors’ request to have some medical test carried out on him.
“Instead, he took to herbs and concoctions which were of no effect.
“When I realised he was not seeing reason with me, I reported him to my parents. They asked him to see them, but he refused, “she added.
“He later took to leaving home early in the morning and returning late in the night. He abandoned his role as breadwinner and hardly left feeding allowance. The highest amount he had ever given as feeding allowance was N100.
“I run the home from my meager salary. He has no shame, any time I cook, he would sit down comfortably and eat to his fill.
“On occasions that we had nothing to eat, he would go to one of his friends in the neigbourhood and eat. At times he would bring the food home and eat alone.
“I ran a small business, but couldn’t continue with it because I had expended the capital on needs in the home.
“I reported him to my brother who requested that he should see him. He refused to go. My brother later sent some family members to him and he insulted them and told them he was going to divorce me.
“When I realised we were not making any headway, I decided to pack my things and leave his house late last year.
“It took me five days to move my things from his place, and throughout this period he ignored me. He took my shoes which I wear to work and failed to release them, “the plaintiff said.
Mutiu agreed to her wife’s plea of divorce stating that he was also no more interested in their union.
“My father did a lot to ensure that she was pregnant, but all proved abortive, “he told the court.
“We were introduced to some herbs aside the drugs prescribed at the hospital, but she refused to take them.
“My friend took me to a place where I was told his paternal uncle was behind our predicament, “he said.
“My lord, the fact is that my wife never got herself involved in issues that had to do with my family. She refused to attend my father’s burial and didn’t attend to my mother when she was sick and was with us.
“I didn’t take her shoes, she was the one who went with my television and window blinds among other things.
“I am also no more interested in our marriage because I have taken another wife although we are yet to have a child.”
Ruling on the case after listening to both parties, the court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, declared their marriage dissolved .