A 35-year-old housewife, Mrs Memunat Saka has approached an Ado-Ekiti customary court in Ekiti State, seeking dissolution of her 15-year-old marriage on grounds of constant beatings by her husband.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Memunat, in her application, accused her husband, Suleiman, of lacking in parental responsibility.
Memunat, who resides at Falegan area in Ado-Ekiti, told the court that their marital problem started when she advised her husband to leave up to his parental responsibility, which resulted in constant beatings.
She said that her husband, a tailor, was in the habit of collecting customers’ monies without delivering required services.
The mother of four alleged that her husband, rather than provide for the family, was in the habit of collecting money from her.
She further told the court that her husband “does not have respect for my parents,” saying that she was fed up with the marriage.
But 45-year-old Suleiman denied all the allegations, saying his wife was fond of provoking him.
Suleiman said that he had lived up to his responsibility as a husband and father to the best of his ability.
He accused his wife of infidelity and prayed the court to grant his wife’s request.
Suleiman, however, urged the court to grant custody of the four children to him. President of the court, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi, reserved judgement till July 29.