A public servant, Mrs Blessing Etim, is seeking relief from the Court to grant her divorce from her husband for humiliating and treating her like a piece of filthy rag.

On Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Customary Court in Jikwoyi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mrs Etim prayed the Judge to grant her divorce on grounds of ill treatment and regular domestic abuse.

Etim, who resides in Nasarawa State, made the allegations in a divorce petition to the court, saying; “I am exhausted in this marriage. Since I married my husband I have not known peace. He is always fighting me.”

“The worst of it all is that he harasses me before family members and in public. He treats me like a piece of filthy rag,” she alleged.

She told the court that her husband almost strangled her on one occasion, saying; “if not for my neighbours who came to my rescue, I would have been long dead”.

The petitioner, who also alleged that her husband has stopped caring for the family, stated that; “I have been the one paying our house rent, medical bills, feeding, clothing and even the children’s school fees, I can’t continue with this marriage.“

The defendant was not in court and did not send any correspondence stating reasons his absence.

The presiding Judge, Jemilu Jega, in his ruling said: ”The respondent is not in court and has not sent any correspondence.

“In view of the circumstances, for the interest of Justice, hearing notice will be pasted at the respondent’s residence”.

Jega adjourned the matter until September 15, for further hearing. – NAN

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