A 31-year-old husband, Mr Femi Fajuyi, on Tuesday approached an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court seeking dissolution of his 12-year-old marriage to his wife, Dupe, over alleged adultery. Femi, who resides at Ita-Eku, off Ado-Ekiti Local Government Secretariat, told the court that he warned his wife against any relationship with his brother’s wife, but she failed to heed his warnings.
The plaintiff, also a father of three, alleged before the court that his brother’s wife was introducing his wife to different men. He said that his wife was in the habit of leaving the house and would not return there for days.
According to him, there was a day my father told me that he saw my wife with another man coming out from an hotel.
Femi said that after then, he told his wife to pack out of his house and she did. He prayed the court to dissolve the marriage and award him the custody of the three children. But the respondent, Dupe, 27, denied the allegations leveled against her, saying her husband wanted her to relocate to his family house, but she refused.
She said that her husband would abandon her and the children for several days without bothering about their welfare. Dupe said that she never patronised any hotel as alleged by her husband; adding that she had to relocate to her aunt’s house when she had a quarrel with her husband. She said that when she returned to her matrimonial home, her husband beat her, broke one of her legs and packed out her belongings.
“I told my husband that I can no longer live in his parents’ house, because they are the cause of our problem, but my husband refused to listen to me, “she said. Dupe said that her husband got married to another woman barely a month after she left his house who took custody of her children.
She, therefore, prayed the court to grant her the custody of the children namely: Favour, 10, Lekan, 8, and Precious, 3, years respectively. The President, Mrs. Foluke Oyeleye, after hearing from the parties adjourned the case to Nov. 9 for judgment.