A 55-year-old businessman, Shola Akande, approached an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on Wednesday seeking to end his 13-year-old marriage to his wife, Omolade, because she seized his car key.
He said, “My wife seized my car key; she was claiming I bought a car for a girlfriend.
“I begged her to give me my car key; she refused, her family intervened by pleading with her to release the car key to me but their plea fell on deaf ears.”
He said that his wife, Omolade, used to fight him a lot, adding that she had turned his clothes to rags as she used to tear them whenever she was fighting him.
He said, “My wife derived pleasure in tearing my clothes whenever she was fighting me, there was a day she tore my clothes in the presence of her father.”
The embittered husband also accused his wife of stealing his money all the time.
He said, “My wife stole my money in the house and also burgled my office where she stole all the money in my drawer.”
Shola said that his wife always accused him of infidelity, saying; “anytime my wife sees me with any woman, she will be fighting and accusing me of dating them.
“I am a businessman, I sell land, and both men and women come or call to buy land or building from me.
“My wife once seized my phones after I received a call; when she thought I was talking to a woman.”
Akande told the court that his wife had no respect for him and even for her father.
He said, “My wife does not respect me nor her father, anytime her father invites her over to his place to settle our fight or advice her, she will not listen.
“Due of her stubbornness, her father once advised me to seek dissolution of the marriage.”
He, therefore, begged the court to dissolve his 13-year-old marriage which had not produced any child, saying he did not love her anymore.
“Please terminate the marriage that had nothing to show for both now and the future,” he begged the court.
However, Omolade, 45, said that she seized her husband’s car key because he refused to pay her the money he borrowed from her.
She said, “But he had money to buy a car for a girl.
“I was not happy when I heard that my husband bought a car for a girl while he still owes me N220, 000.
“If he pays me my money, I will release his key.”
Omolade, a businesswoman, accused her husband of always drinking to stupor, adding that whenever she scolded him, he would turn it into a fight.
“My husband always comes home around 1:00 a.m., drunk and whenever I cautioned him, he fights me,” she said.
She, however, denied stealing her husband’s money and lamented that he used to call her a barren woman.
“My husband always calls me a barren woman but I had three children during the 13 years of our marriage, but they all died,” she said.
The respondent begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish that she still love him.
The court president, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, ordered the respondent to release the petitioner’s car key within one hour.
He later adjourned the case to April 4 for further hearing.