2-yr-old marriage crashes over violence

•‘My wife hits me with sharp objects’ •I still love him, please don’t separate us —Woman

Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State, has put an end to the two-year-old wedlock between a couple, Kazeem Iyanda and his wife, Kafayat Kazeem, over allegations of constant fight, violence and threat to life by the latter.

Kazeem, who dragged his wife, Kafayat to court stated that his life was at risk because his wife was always fighting him. This, according to, him was invariably taking its toll on his health.

Kazeem added that she sometimes hit him with sharp objects.

The plaintiff stated that he has had enough of his wife’s atrocities and therefore appealed to the court to abort their relationship.

Kafayat, when giving her evidence, refused to agree to divorce. According to her, she still loved her husband.

“My lord, my heart beats every time the day draws to an end. While other men rush home and run into the warm embrace of their wives the reverse is my case.

“I always dread going home because all that my wife will be waiting for is to fight me. I have lost my peace and rest due to her behaviour which is unbecoming.

“Despite showering her with affection and doing all in my power to meet her needs, all she does is to complain and fight me.

“Our neighbours are fed up with us because we wake them up in the early hours of the day with our fight while we disturb their sleep in the middle of the night with our shouts and arguments.

“My lord, she has on some occasions hit and harmed me with sharp objects when fighting with me. On these occasions, I spent a fortune seeking medical attention.

“We once had a misunderstanding and she seized my phone for a month. She returned it only after our family members mediated in our differences.

“My lord, the love I have for her has waned. I’m no more interested in her. I, therefore, appeal to this honourable court to separate us,” the plaintiff said.

Giving her evidence, Kafayat said, “my lord, please don’t dissolve our marriage.  I still love my husband and ready to adjust my ways.

“I admit to making mistakes in the past and I promise to change.

“Our parents have mediated in our differences and have counseled me on good behaviour. I promise to take a new leaf and display the virtues of a virtuous woman.”

Giving his judgment, the court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, stated that it was essential that their   union be terminated since it is bedeviled with violence.

Ruling, he dissolved their wedlock and granted the defendant custody of their only child.

The plaintiff was asked to pay the sum of N4,000 monthly as their child’s feeding allowance and be responsible for his education and health care among other things.

Odunade further ordered the plaintiff to pay the defendant the sum of N3,000 to pack her belongings out of his house. He was also mandated to pay her another N12,000 as one year house rent.

All the payments, according to him, must be carried out through the court.

 

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