My wife beats me when I ask for food, man tells court

Verdict A 32-year-old trader, Sunday Olagoke, on Monday pleaded with the Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Orile- Agege , Lagos to dissolve his 16-year-old marriage, alleging maltreatment by his wife.

The petitioner told the court that he also wanted dissolution based on ”threat to life, constant fighting, lack of care and absence of love”.

He testified in tears that his wife, Christianah, treated him like a slave, ruined his business and did not respect his family, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“My wife does not cook for me, the worst is that she beats me whenever I confront her.

“She behaves like a man and I was scared of her all through the period we were together.

“We had no issue together, we lived like cat and mouse and she eventually left the house a year ago without telling me.

“I really suffered in her hands; I was the wife while she was the husband. But I thank God it is now over,” he said.

The trader, who lives at 26, Bola Ayeni St., Orile-Agege, told the court that his wife ruined his business before she left him.

“I taught her how to trade, I made her my accountant and she ruined my business.

“I do not know where she took my money to, she owed many people money in my name.

“I heard she is now married to another man and I want the court to dissolve the marriage so that I will be free from her bondage,” he said.

Christianah, however, did not show up in court.

The Court President, Mr. Joseph Adewusi, told the petitioner to maintain the peace and adjourned the case till November 29 for judgment.

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