BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – A Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan on Wednesday heard from an Ibadan-based fashion designer, Mrs Opeyemi Bakare that her husband (Olawale) of 13 years, pushed her into having an affair.
Opeyemi, who resides in Olunde area of Ibadan, also told the court that apart from nagging and threats, Olawale beats her frequently.
According to Opeyemi; ”I confess that I flirt with different men. At first, whenever men ask for my number, I give them my husband’s mobile phone number so that they will not approach me again.
“However, when Olawale’s attitude became aggressive, I had to look for another man who could take good care of me and who would not expose me to hunger and thirst.
“When he got to know that I was dating another man, Olawale poured petrol on me with the intention to burn me alive but he couldn’t lay his hands on matches at that time, maybe I would have been dead by now.
“Besides, he doesn’t respect my mother,” Opeyemi told the Court.
However, in his response, the defendant denied all the accusations and therefore objected to the divorce suit.
Olawale said; “She also nags and insults me, using unprintable names. I also informed her parents about her waywardness.
“I make sure that I provide for her and my three children. For the sake of the children, please don’t separate us.”
After listening to the testimonies of the couple, the President of the Court, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage citing threat to life as the reason.
Odunade awarded custody of the three children to the petitioner and ordered the defendant to pay N15,000 as monthly feeding allowance for the children in addition to being responsible for their education and other welfare.