A 40- year-old hair stylist, Esther Olabisi has urged an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over her husband’s alleged addiction to alcohol and gambling.
Esther, who told the court that she could no longer cope with her husband’s drinking habit, said “My husband, Jacob, loves alcohol more than me and his children.
“He prefers to spend his money on alcohol and gambling than to pay the school fees of our two children.
“I have been paying the children’s school fees and catering for their other needs for the past eight years, but my husband fails to appreciate my efforts.”
Esther said her mother-in-law had tried to intervene in the matter although all her efforts failed.
“I, therefore, pray the court to separate us, I am tired of his irresponsible ways of life and his senseless gambling habit,” she said
The respondent was, however, not present in court.
The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, ordered the bailiff to serve the respondent with the petition.
He directed the petitioner to maintain the peace pending the determination of the case.
The case was adjourned till April 19 for mention.
Man Wants 5-month-old Marriage Dissolved
By Our Correspondent
A 30-year-old man, Abdulrahman Ganiyu, has pleaded with a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, to dissolve his five-month-old marriage on grounds that his wife, Nafisat Oseni, is very troublesome.
“Before I got married to her, she was not like this; but the moment I married her, she became something else.
“It’s like she was just waiting for me to marry her, because since we got married, she developed a new character.
“She doesn’t take care of the house, she no longer takes instructions from me’’, he told the court.
Ganiyu also alleged that his wife slaps him at the slightest provocation.
“She is very troublesome and hits my face whenever she is provoked.
“She also receives her male friends as visitors in our house,’’ Ganiyu added.
When asked why he moved out from their matrimonial home, the plaintiff said he found diabolical substances in their home.
“I was left with no option than to move out because I discovered fetish substances around the house on few occasions.
“Also, on one occasion that we had a hot argument, she took a knife from the kitchen to stab me, but I escaped, and after that I left the apartment for her since February,’’ he added.
He also accused his wife of discussing their family issues with her family members and pleaded with the court to end the marriage.
Responding, Nafisat told the court that she still loves her husband and that both family members would soon meet to resolve their differences.
She urged the court to give her and her estranged husband some time to resolve their differences.
“Sir, it is a new marriage and we are just getting to know each other better; both families are trying to help us; we need a little time to sort out ourselves,’’ she said.
The judge, Mr. Hassan Ishaq, urged the couple to be more patient with each other and learn to listen to each other.
“Both of you are still young and you have a lot to learn from the institution of marriage, you also need patience. Try and settle between yourselves before the next adjourned date’’, he told the couple.
He adjourned the matter till April 24 for report of settlement.