by Akan Ido
Gabriel Oni, a retired education director in Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti State has accused his wife of promiscuity and threat to life.
Oni filed for divorce in March asking the Customary Court sitting in Ikole Ekiti to dissolve their 40-year-old marriage.
Oni, 74, told the court that his wife, Funmilayo had engaged in extramarital affairs while they lived in Germany which necessitated his sending her back to Nigeria in 1977.
According to him, they both reconciled and settled their differences in 1987 when he finally relocated back to Nigeria. They later had two more children after their first child which they gave birth to while in Europe.
He said, “She again went back to her promiscuous ways which resulted in her having a child for my elder brother’s son.
“Aside being promiscuous, she’s also not humble and fights me always.
“She will threaten me in public, fight with my tenants, caretaker and claim ownership of my house,” he said.
Funmilayo, while responding, admitted that Gabriel sent her back to Nigeria from Germany in 1977 on allegation of adultery, but denied ever being involved in such.
She denied her husband’s claims that their fourth child belongs to her in-laws son saying the child belongs to Gabriel. She, however, admitted committing adultery with Gabriel’s brother’s son.
She prayed the court to grant her one apartment in the house built by her husband to enable her live there with their children as she had nowhere to go.
In her judgment, the court president, Mrs Yemisi Ojo, declared that Gabriel had successfully proved that the marriage to his wife had broken down irretrievably and thus, dissolved their marriage.
“On the issue of paternity of the fourth child which the plaintiff sought declaration on, this was not one of the plaintiff’s prayers before the court when he originally filed his claim,” she stated.
Ojo, in her judgment, accorded Funmilayo the privilege to continue living in the apartment she is currently occupying with her children in her husband’s house for the rest of her life.