Vanguard (Lagos)

24 November 2012

Nigeria: Woman Tells Court - My Husband Was a God

A 34-year-old man, Mr. Sunday lgbauma, told an Agege Grade A Customary Court that his wife, Oluwakemi dragged him around with his sexual organ whenever they had misunderstanding.

Sunday, who lives at 80D Oniwaya Road, Agege, however informed the court that he helped his wife wash her panties.

He regretted ever raising his hands against his wife, because, according to him, he loved her dearly. "I am sorry for all the wrongs I have done to my wife. I don't want to lose her. I love her with passion", the respondent stated. "But my wife is not exonorated from this problem between us; whenever we fight, she grabs my sexual organ which makes me to beat her hard. "She does not respect me, she abuses me. These also make me to beat her".

Sunday, a transporter in Oshodi, told the court that he had changed and would not beat his wife anymore. Earlier in her submission, Oluwakemi, pleaded with the court to dissolve the five-year-old marriage over frequent beating and lack of care.

The 23-year-old trader, who lives at 18, Omo Street, Agege, told the court how her husband flogged her at will. The mother of two said she developed hypertension over her estrangement with the husband.

"My heart beat fast. I lost appetite for food. I lived under fear all through the period with him. I saw him like my god and the children also feared him. He drinks to stupor, and behaves abnormally", she said.

She urged the court to dissolve the marriage and grant her custody of the children.The court told the couple to maintain the peace. It adjourned the case to December 12 for judgment.

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