Tawa Shakibu, a 30-year-old housewife, has urged an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi in Ibadan, to dissolve her marriage to her husband Olaide to save her life.
Tawa who has been married to her husband for four years said her marriage has been full of hatred and constant beatings due to her husband aggressive behaviour.
She said that Olaide’s aggressive behaviour was a threat to her life, saying her husband was always beating her at every slightest misunderstanding.
“My lord, Olaide is too aggressive and I can no longer tolerate his brutality and nagging. There was a day he nearly stabbed me with broken bottles and a knife, but the quick intervention by neighbours saved me from an untimely death,” she said.
Tawa also accused her husband of neglecting his paternal responsibilities, saying she had been responsible for the up-keep of the four children from the marriage.
Olaide in defence denied the allegations and urged the court not to grant the divorce request from his wife.
He said that the children would suffer if the court should uphold his wife’s request.
Mukaila Balogun, the president of the court, advised the respondent to reconcile with his wife.
Balogun adjourned the case until September 17 for report of settlement or continuation of hearing in the case.