My husband rapes, beats me – wife tells court

By Aaron Ossai
My husband rape and constantly beat me,” wife who wants her 10-year old marriage dissolved told an Orile-Agege Customary Court in Lagos.
The petitioner, Mrs Temitope Salaudeen, 32, a trader, who resides at 2, CAC St., Agege, a suburb of Lagos, pleaded with the court to dissolve her marriage over alleged rape, battery and threat to her life.
She told the court that her husband is a wife beater and treats her like a slave.
“My husband rapes me anytime he feels like having sex and does not care about my feelings or my emotions.
“He sold some of my jewelries without my consent and steals my money at will”, she further told the Court.
 She said that the greatest mistake she had made in life was getting married to her husband Alilu Saludeen.
“I ran away from the house sometime in November 2015 with my children because if I continue living with him, he might beat me to death one day,” she said.
The mother of two, aged 3 and 6 years, pleaded with the court to dissolve the union and grant her custody of her children.
However, her husband, Alilu, 39, a building contractor, denied all the allegations saying: “I have not beaten her before, she starved me of sex for one and half years despite the fact that we were living in the same house.”
 “She hides her phone from me and I did not sell her jewelries neither did I steal her money,” he explained.
He told the court that he was still in love with his wife and not ready for dissolution of the marriage.
The Court President, Dr Kayode Whenu told the couple to maintain the peace and adjourned the case till February 23 for further hearing.


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