“My husband is irresponsible; he has turned me into a punching bag, I am no longer interested in the union,” a 30-year-old housewife, Mariam Akeem, has told a Lagos court.
“I want the loveless marriage dissolved,” she pleaded with an Agege Customary Court in Lagos State.
Mariam, a mother of one said she regretted marrying Iyanu Moses, a 36-year-old businessman, for seven years.
She said she had not studied her husband well before she discovered that she was pregnant.
“I want us to go our separate ways and l want him to take full responsibility for our child’s education.
“My husband is troublesome and he constantly beats me over minor issues,” she told the court.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the petitioner’s mother, Mrs Doris Akeem, who was present in the court, said the respondent had been very troublesome.
“l tried to stop the relationship until my daughter became pregnant for him,” she said.
Moses, however, denied the allegations, accusing the wife of infidelity.
He pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage, saying “I am still in love with my wife.”
President of the court, Mr Philip Williams, advised the estranged couple, especially the petitioner to be submissive and warned the husband not to lift his hand against his wife again.
He adjourned the case to November 24 for a possible mediation and reconciliation.