My mother-in-law feeds us, controls our home, wife tells court

A housewife, Iyabo Olatunji, has told an Akure, Ondo State Customary Court that her husband, Ezekiel, is still under his mother’s tutelage.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Iyabo, who made this known when she testified in her divorce proceeding against her husband on Friday, said that, “my husband was working by her directive.

“It is my mother-in-law that gives us food and my husband will not do anything except waiting for the mother’s money.

“The worst part is that my mother-in-law will not caution her son to stop beating me,” she said.

She begged the court to dissolve her five-year-old marriage to Ezekiel for allegedly taking too much alcohol.

The complainant said that she could no longer tolerate the constant beatings she got whenever her spouse was drunk. According to her, the alcoholic intake has rendered the respondent irrational in the way he treats her.

She appealed to the court to award the custody of the only child of the marriage to her.

Ruling on the case, president of the court, Mr Rotimi Olusanya, said the repeated refusal of the respondent to appear in court would not stop the proceedings.

Olusanya adjourned the case till September 27 for judgement.