Landlord of 4 houses flees home over wife’s beating

An Igando Customary Court, on Monday, dissolved the marriage of a 50-year-old teacher, Musiliu Yusuf, and his wife, Hassana, over irreconcilable differences.

Yusuf had told the court that his wife was impregnated by one of her lovers in their matrimonial home.

The man also said his wife was in the habit of beating him on the slightest provocation, forcing him to pack out of his matrimonial home.

“My wife committed adultery, she got pregnant for one of her lovers in our matrimonial home,”  Yusuf said while testifying in a divorce suit instituted by his wife, Hassana.

“My wife is promiscuous, my fellow landlords are her boyfriends. She got pregnant for one of them, they mock and make jest of me whenever they see me.

“I stopped making love to her in June 2014 due to her infidelity and in 2015, she told me she was pregnant.

“I rejected the pregnancy and even after delivery of the baby, I refused to care for her because the baby is not mine,” the estranged husband said.

The respondent tendered the list of hotels visited by his wife and some of her lovers as exhibits.

“I packed out from the house I built on four different occasions, because I fear for my life as my wife always beat me on any slight provocation.

“I finally ran out on June 14, 2015 and refused to go back just to save my life because I don’t want to die,” he said.

Yusuf said contrary to his wife’s claims that they both built the house and school, he never collected any money from her.

The respondent also presented as exhibits all the title documents of the properties which were in his name.

Hassana, 39, a teacher, who filed the suit to end her 13-year-old marriage, said her husband threatened to kill her in order to inherit what they both acquired.

“He threatened to kill me so that he can take over what we both laboured for. He always boasts that nobody will question him if he kills me.

“We jointly bought a coaster bus and two plots of land. We used a plot to build a house, the other a school,” she said.

The petitioner said  her husband was in the habit of accusing her of infidelity.

“My husband is suspicious of my moves. Every man I talk to is my boyfriend. He has no trust whatsoever in me,” the estranged wife said.

Hassana said that her husband packed out of their home without any notice to an unknown destination.

“On many occasions, he had abandoned me and the children. He once left the house for a year,” she said.

The mother of four said because she refused to grant her husband loan, he rejected her fourth child.

Delivering his judgment, the President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, said it appeared that the estranged couple were tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.

“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice but to dissolve the marriage.

“The court pronounces the marriage between Hassana Yusuf and Musiliu Yusuf dissolved today; both parties, henceforth, cease to be husband and wife.

“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Omilola ruled.