A housewife, Rasheedat Mudashiru, has told an Ilorin Area Court in Kwara State that she eloped with her husband, Taiwo, when her family withheld their consent in the marriage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Rasheedat made this known when she testified in her divorce petition against Taiwo, whom she had cohabited with for seven years.
“My family was not in support of the union from the beginning but I eloped with him till I was pregnant,” she said.
Rasheedat told the court that her husband was fond of beating her despite the fact that he had not paid her bride price.
She said her family ordered her to file the divorce suit when it was evident that the situation was unbearable.
“It is now clearer to me who he is. He beats me at will and there is no rest of mind in the matrimony,” she said.
The petitioner urged the court to grant her divorce because she had been hypertensive.
But, Taiwo, in his response, denied the allegations and confirmed that he had not paid the bride price.
He pledged to do so if given a second chance and urged the court to save the marriage.
“I still love my wife, please grant me adjournment to make a reconciliatory move,” he urged the court.
The Area Court judge, AbdulQuadir Ibrahim, adjourned the case till December 19 for report of settlement or continuation of the case.