An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved the two-year-old marriage between Andrew Epu and his wife, Tina, over wife’s constant checking of husband’s phone.
Delivering judgment, the President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, said that the petitioner was adamant despite mediation from the court and family intervention.
Omilola said “since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.”
He then pronounced the marriage dissolved, saying they have ceased to be husband and wife “and both are free to go your separate ways without any hindrances and molestation.”
Epu, 35, engineer, had approached the court to dissolve his two years marriage over wife’s constant checking of his phone.
He said “my wife is always checking my phone to know who I called or who called me.
“If the person happened to be a woman, she will be accusing me of dating the person.
I am tired of her behaviour, as I can no longer speak to ladies anymore except men.”
The petitioner, who also accused his wife of threatening to kill him, said “my wife once sent hired killers after me but I escaped and also on Oct. 26, her brother and his gang attacked me and beat the hell out of me. I am tired and cannot bear it any longer.”
He also said that the wife had denied him sex for months and had packed out of his house since Sept. 26.
He added that “Tina packed out of my house with my car, fridge, generator, gas cooker and other household items.
“She later called me to inform me that she had packed out of my house that she was no longer interested in the marriage.”
The estranged husband pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage which he said did not produce any child and that he was no longer in love with her.
The respondent, Tina, 32, businesswoman, who denied all allegations, said she was not ready to divorce her husband because she still loves him.
The respondent, who also accused her husband of infidelity, said “my husband is having affair with his staff and students and that is why he hates me touching his phone.
“Whenever I questioned him about what I saw on his phone, fight will follow.”
According to her, she never denied her husband sex nor threatened his life with hired killers.
She said that she did not pack her husband’s property that she only went away with her own property.