A 45-year-old man, Julius Olubolade, has dragged his wife, Caroline, before the Grade ‘C’ customary court, Inalende, Mokola, Ibadan, Oyo State, saying that his mother died as a result of the callous treatment the old woman was subjected to when she had to stay with her during her illness.
“I want to break up with my wife because she behaved inhumanly to my mother and that led to her untimely death. When my mother took ill and I had to take her into my house for proper medical treatment, my wife declined that she could not live with us. The only option she gave me was to rent a house for her and I did.
“After a year, she told me to bring my mother back into the house not knowing she had a hidden agenda of torturing her. She would beat and tear her clothes until the old woman died. I did not expect this from her because I care for her parents with everything in my capacity. My mother died as a result of her ill-treatment and I’m tired of her. I reported her actions to her parents but they did not intervene. That’s why I took this court action,” Julius told the court.
Bewildered by what her husband accused her of, the mother of five, Caroline asked him, “you said I killed your mother?” Then the husband replied, “Yes, because of the ill-treatment you gave her.”
However, Caroline said: “I have begged him and his family but I still want the court to plead with him; I have changed. I cannot give in to his request because there is nowhere I will go with our five children,” the defendant pleaded.
The court president, Mr Ramoni Olafenwa, declared the marriage between both parties, which was contracted about 19 years ago dissolved because there is no more love between them.
“The first four children to be under the custody of the plaintiff, while the last child of the marriage should be in the defendant’s custody. The plaintiff is to be paying the sum of N3, 000 as feeding allowance monthly for the last child. He is to take care of her education, health, moral and financial grounds. The defendant is to vacate the house on or before seven days of the judgement and both parties should maintain peace. Copy of the judgement is to be served on the defendant through the court Bailiff,” Olafenwa ordered.