With tears rolling down her cheek, a housewife, Mrs Grace Olorunfemi, prayed an Akure Customary Court in Ondo State, to dissolve her 11-year-old marriage, which, she claimed, turned her into a slave.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Olorunfemi submitted that continued marriage to Abiodun would be tantamount to endless servitude.
She alleged that her husband had no care for her and their two children, compelling her to engage in manual labour to fend for the family.
“I prefer to be single than continue to live with Abiodun. He thought I am in his house as a slave,” Grace told the court.
She submitted that in spite of her complaints, Abiodun failed to repent.
However, Abiodun told the court that he was not ready for divorce.
He promised to change his attitude and be a responsible husband.
President of the court, Mr Rotimi Olusanya, advised the respondent to turn a new leaf to save his marriage.
Olusanya also urged Olorunfemi to be patient and see if her husband would change his attitude.
He adjourned the case till November 17 for further hearing.