A caterer, Nike Adegboyega, on Friday pleaded with an Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to end her eight-year-old loveless marriage, citing her husbandâ€™s fetish practices and threat to her life.
â€śMy husband constantly beats me and has turned me to a punching bag.
â€śI have never enjoyed my marriage, I have been responsible for the upkeep of the family and yet, he does not appreciate all my efforts.
â€śHe is too abusive and has threatened to kill me several times,â€ť she told the court.
Testifying before Mr Phillips Williams, the courtâ€™s President, she said there was no love lost between them again.
â€śMy mother had warned me not to marry him that he doesnâ€™t look responsible. But l refused because l was already pregnant before Â our marriage.â€™â€™
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nike, a caterer with Isalu Hospital, Ogba, Lagos, who described her husband as a gold digger with dubious character, had approached the court, seeking the dissolution of the marriage.
She said Â her husband once planned to dupe her friend by conspiring with a herbalist, adding â€śhe is too fetish.
â€śHe keeps all sorts of charms at home and whenever I demand what they are meant for, he tells me they are for protection and success in business.
â€śI became afraid for my life and my children â€¦ we have also had misunderstandings over feeding allowance.â€ť
The respondent, Moshood Adegboyega, 40, however, denied the allegations, and pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage.
According to the father of two, there has been a frosty relationship between him and his mother-in- law since he Â married her daughter.
Adegboyega, a resident of No. 2, Oremeji St., Ogba, Lagos, claimed that the petitioner had been keeping late nights, going to parties.
â€śWhenever she offends me, she will not apologise.â€ť
Adegboyega said he made efforts and begged his wife to return, especially for the sake of the children, but she remained adamant.
NAN reports that the courtâ€™s president later invited the estranged couple to his chambers for a possible resolution of the crisis.
He adjourned the case until April 25 for further hearing.