Starvation and beatings have been my portion with him —Wife •She has no respect for me and that’s why I beat her —Husband

A Mapo customary court in Ibadan, Oyo State has dissolved the three-year-old marriage between, Hadijat and her husband, Mutiu Age, for incessant battery and disrespect for her mother.

President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunade, held that the court ended the union in the interest of peace.

Odunade awarded custody of the three-year-old child to Hadijat and directed Mutiu to pay N4,000 as monthly upkeep allowance for the child.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that he also said that Mutiu would be responsible for the education and other welfare of the child.

Hadijat had in her petition, alleged that her husband was threatening her life through constant battery and disrespect for her mother.

“You honour, I have had no rest of mind since 2013 when I got married to Mutiu because he keeps beating me at any slightest mistake in the house.

“I have developed psychological and physical depression from the incessant battery on me.”

She said that Mutiu had no single regard for her relatives, especially her mother whom he abuses anyhow.

The petitioner said Mutiu does nothing about her welfare as a wife in his house as starvation has been her portion with him.

“I can no longer stand the hardship, your honour please, separate us,” Hadijat said.

Mutiu, who accepted the divorce suit however, argued that Hadijat lacked any good sense of responsibility and motherly care toward the three-year-old child.

“Hadijat has the character of pride embedded in her. It is that pride that makes her to misbehave to me and that was the reason why I always to beat her up.

“When she left my home, our three-year-old child started falling sick frequently.

“She just doesn’t have what it takes to care for a child, instead, Hadijat gallivants around chasing shadows,” Mutiu said.