Accusing her husband of being violent and irresponsible, a 34-year-old trader, Adebisi Abiodun, has pleaded with an Agege Customary Court in Lagos State, to dissolve her eight-year-old marriage.
“My husband is destructive and he no longer cares for me and the children.
“He destroys household items whenever he is angry and constantly beats me when I try to find out why he comes home late or why he sleeps outside the matrimonial home.
“He would lock the doors so that I won’t escape and to prevent intervention by neighbours.
“He has no interest in my welfare and has not been responsible for the children’s upkeep,” she told the court.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the petitioner, who described her husband as an irresponsible and a violent man, pleaded with the court to separate them, saying “I am no longer interested in the union; the love I have for him has faded.
“I also want my husband to take full responsibility of the children’s education as my finances cannot care for all the expenses.”
The respondent did not deny the petitioner’s claims.
Abiodun, who is a fashion designer, attributed his behaviour to the dwindling fortunes in business which, he said, was due to “economic recession”.
“I have been living on the goodwill of friends. I agree totally to the dissolution of marriage.”
Mr Philip Williams, the court’s President, adjourned the case to December 13 for judgment.