A middle age house wife, Mujidat Saliman while pushing for dissolution of her 13-year-old marriage to her husband, Kabir Saliman has told a Grade C Customary Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital that her husband beat her and her parents anytime they quarrel.
Mujidat also told the court that Kabir was irresponsible and does not cater for the family.
She said, “My husband has not paid my bride price after 13 years of marriage; I now have five kids for him. He did not allow me to work and only gives me N300 to prepare food for the family.
“When he eventually allowed me to open a shop where I sell engine oil, he accused me of going out with different men who are my customers, knowing the nature of the business I do.
“My husband is so troublesome, he beats me mercilessly several times in a week Most times, I end up being taken to the hospital. He disrespects my family to the extent of beating my mother and recently did the same to my father.
“He has refused to enroll the kids in school and threatened to kill my mother in order to get me back forcefully. This is the third time I am taking him to court. All police interventions have proven abortive, I want a divorce.”
In his defence, the defendant, Kabir told the court that his wife was wayward, promiscuous and a flirt.
“My daughter once told me my wife sent her to an okada man to collect money. I did not react to this until I caught her with a man in front of her shop and I heard an unspeakable conversation between them.
Kabir further stated that when he reported the matter to his mother in-law, she supported her daughter saying it was the nature of her job that warranted her keeping male company.
“Her mother, I am sure, has kept another husband for her as she took her in the very day she left our home and abandoned the kids.
“I had been asked several times if I wanted a divorce, but I said no because of the kids. This is the third time she had sued me to court. My wife is promiscuous, I want to divorce her so that I can take care of my children.”
After hearing both argument, the President of the court, Chief Amusa Makinde consequently adjourned the case till October 21.