A trader, Benjamin Orjika, has dragged his pregnant wife to an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, Lagos State, accusing her of threatening his life.
Forty-five-year-old Benjamin, who is seeking the dissolution of his 14-year-old marriage, told the court that his wife, Patience, wanted to kill him by sending thugs to beat him.
“My wife always sends thugs to lay ambush and beat me anytime we fight at home.
“I’m afraid they might kill me one of these days,” he alleged.
The petitioner described his wife as a troublesome woman, who always made his life miserable by fighting and raining curses on him.
“My wife is a troublemaker; she doesn’t have respect for me and is fond of slapping me anytime we have a misunderstanding.
“She doesn’t regard me as her husband and he loves commanding me as if I am her son or younger brother,” Orjika said.
Orjika, however, begged the court to dissolve their marriage, adding that he was no longer in love with his wife.
The respondent, 40-year-old Patience, also a trader, consented to the dissolution of the marriage, saying she was also fed up with the marriage.
“In 2007, I came to this court asking for the dissolution of our marriage, but the court called our family members and they settled our differences.
“But since then, our marriage has not worked out well. It’s been hell on earth as my husband made our home uncomfortable for me,” she said.
Patience, a mother of two, denied sending thugs to beat her husband, saying she could not do such a thing.
The court president, Mr R.I. Adeyeri, told the petitioner to wait for his wife to put to bed before continuing hearing on the case.
“You don’t divorce a pregnant woman because you do not know what will happen to the baby.
“The court will continue with the hearing of the case after the delivery of the baby,” he said.
Adeyeri, however, urged the couple to maintain peace.
He adjourned the case till January 14, 2014.