Wife seeks dissolution of 32-year-old marriage over verbal assault

nA 50-year-old housewife, Mrs Abeke Olowolafe on Monday approached an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court seeking dissolution of her 32-year-old marriage to her husband, James.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the case first came up for mention on Oct. 29.
Abeke is seeking the dissolution on grounds of public assault and blackmailing, telling the court that her husband always disgraced her in public, calling her various unprintable names. She said that her husband usually referred to her as a promiscuous woman dating different men. Abeke, a mother of three, said there was a particular day he  husband told her to lie-down on bed to know whether she had sex with another man. She told the court that she had been responsible for the children’s upkeep and her husband had not been supportive…

According to her, whenever she had sex with her husband, she always had stomach disorder which usually resulted in her seeking medical attention. But the respondent, James, (56) told the court that his wife always starved him of food when they were together before they separated. He said there was a particular night she received a man’s call that she said was her friend’s husband but later caught him with her.
James said he had been taking care of the children and took a loan to enable her to start her own business. He said he was forced to take a second wife because of Abeke’s behavior. After hearing from both parties, the President of the Court, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede adjourned the case to Jan. 21, 2015 for judgment.

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