by Isi Esene
“My lord, I want an end to this marriage. My wife is impatient, domineering and lousy. She is fond of beating me over any minor issue.”
This was the submission of Mr. Ayinla Kangu to the Ilorin Area Court on Monday pleading for the dissolution of his five-year-old marriage to Raliatu Ologede on grounds of battery, impatience, and domineering attitude.
Mr. Kangu gave an instance when he was slapped for not being able to pay his child’s school fees.
“In fact, when I could not pay our child’s school fees, she covered my face with slaps. She seized my cell phone and radio set three months ago and as a result, I have lost contact with my family members and friends,’’ Kangu said.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, his wife, Raliatu Ologede, denied beating him saying she only grabs his shirt during their altercations. She accused Mr. Kangu of being reluctant to take on his duty of paying their child’s school fees.
“Imagine, in January this year, my husband dropped N2,000 as upkeep allowance and travelled to Kaduna where he spent three months, expecting me and the child to survive on that amount,’’ she said.
The defendant did not oppose the dissolution of their marriage but she pleaded to be allowed to get an alternative accommodation before the plaintiff’s request is granted by the judge.
The presiding Judge, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem advised the parties to explore possible means of amicable settlement and adjourned the case to August 16 for further hearing.