A caterer, Nike Adegboyega, on Friday pleaded with an Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to end her eight-year-old loveless marriage, citing her husband’s fetish practices and threat to her life.
“My husband constantly beats me and has turned me to a punching bag.
“I have never enjoyed my marriage, I have been responsible for the upkeep of the family and yet, he does not appreciate all my efforts.
“He is too abusive and has threatened to kill me several times,” she told the court.
Testifying before Mr Phillips Williams, the court’s President, she said there was no love lost between them again.
“My mother had warned me not to marry him that he doesn’t look responsible. But l refused because l was already pregnant before our marriage.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nike, a caterer with Isalu Hospital, Ogba, Lagos, who described her husband as a gold digger with dubious character, had approached the court, seeking the dissolution of the marriage.
She said her husband once planned to dupe her friend by conspiring with a herbalist, adding “he is too fetish.
“He keeps all sorts of charms at home and whenever I demand what they are meant for, he tells me they are for protection and success in business.
“I became afraid for my life and my children … we have also had misunderstandings over feeding allowance.”
The respondent, Moshood Adegboyega, 40, however, denied the allegations, and pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage.
According to the father of two, there has been a frosty relationship between him and his mother-in- law since he married her daughter.
Adegboyega, a resident of No. 2, Oremeji St., Ogba, Lagos, claimed that the petitioner had been keeping late nights, going to parties.
“Whenever she offends me, she will not apologise.”
Adegboyega said he made efforts and begged his wife to return, especially for the sake of the children, but she remained adamant.
NAN reports that the court’s president later invited the estranged couple to his chambers for a possible resolution of the crisis.
He adjourned the case until April 25 for further hearing.