A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State has dissolved a four-year-old marriage between a housewife, Riskat and her husband, Saheed Muritala, over consistent threats to her life.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the President of the Court, Mr Henry Agbaje, held that the court had fulfilled its obligation of ensuring a peaceful union between the couple, but the duo have resisted the move.
“In the interest of peace and tranquility, the union between Riskat and Saheed has ceased to be, henceforth.
“The custody of the two-and-half-year-old child produced by the union is awarded to the mother, while Saheed shall pay a monthly cost of N5, 000 as feeding allowance.
“He shall also be responsible for the child’s education and other welfare issues,” the arbitrator stated.
Earlier in her petition to the court, Riskat said that Saheed, her husband, had brought agony, sorrow and tribulations on her through constant battery and threatening her life.
“My lord, as a successful Chemist, I often record a large turn-out of customers and this is the basis of my husband’s annoyance.
“He challenges me that I commit adultery with my male customers and as a result, he tortures me with slaps, blows and even kicks.
“In fact, he has now ruined my business because he now sends my customers away. Besides, Saheed lacks the milk of human kindness as he does not even cater for our child, let alone I.
“He is making life a thing of difficulty for me, please my lord, safe my life by putting an end to this union with him,” Riskat lamented.
Saheed who did not oppose the divorce suit, however, stated some points for the consideration of the court.
“My lord, Riskat is adulterous, I have caught her on a number of times with different men in positions unexpected of a housewife. Worst still, her ex-husband is still romancing with her.
“In all these waywardness of hers, Riskat and her elder sister still rain a litany of curses on me for reasons yet unknown to me,” Saheed explained.