My wife denied me sex, turned our children against me —Husband

He drinks himself to stupour, brought another woman into our house —Wife

An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State, recently dissolved the 19-year-old marriage between Lamidi Tijani and his wife, Oluwatoyin, over irreconcilable differences.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the court president, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, said that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved it.

Akomolede awarded custody of their first child to the petitioner and the remaining three to the respondent.

She ordered that the petitioner to pay a monthly feeding allowance of N4,000 on each of the three children.

The court also granted the petitioner access to the children in their schools.

Akomolede, however, ordered that both parents should be responsible for their children’s education.

Tijani, 49, earlier alleged that his wife had been fighting him for the past nine years.

He told the court that his wife was always instigating their children against him.

The petitioner told the court that their first child does not obey him. According to him, his wife refused that he trained him and this he stated has led to the child behaving in an unruly manner. The father of four also said that his wife was not relating properly with his family members and does not want to see any of them.

He further added that his wife denied him sex.

Tijjani said that her mother in-law did not help matters.

According to him, anytime he and his wife had a misunderstanding, his mother in-law would ask his wife to move to her house.

The petitioner prayed the court to dissolve their marriage and award him the custody of his children.

The respondent, Oluwatoyin, 44, admitted that she had stopped living with her husband.

The woman denied restraining her husband from disciplining their children, saying that she did not support him beating the children with cutlass.

The respondent said that her husband always got drunk and fought her.

Oluwatoyin denied being unfriendly with her in laws.

The respondent said she relocated when her husband renovated their house and brought in another woman.

The respondent, however, said that she denied her husband sex only when they quarreled.

The respondent prayed the court not to dissolve their marriage.

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