A 56-year old driver, Olusegun Agogo, on Tuesday asked an Igando Customary Court in Lagos his 19-year old marriage because his wife encourages their children to steal.
While appealing to the Magistrate, Agogo disclosed that his wife, Olufumilayo, with whom he had two daughters, always picks quarrel with him whenever he tried to discipline the children for stealing.
“My daughters aged 18 and 14 have penchant for stealing and my wife does not allow me to beat or punish them.
He told the court that stealing is in his daughters’ blood because they have penchants for stealing, and their mother always protect them.
“There was a day they duplicated my room key without my knowledge and stole my N100, 000 that I collected from “Esusu’’ savings. On another occasion, they stole N20, 000, from me and I stopped bringing money home, because most times, I come home to meet my room ransacked.
He also accused them of stealing his two phones from his room while he was sleeping. “I can no longer walk freely on the street because of my daughters’ behaviour,’’ the estranged husband said.
“Once, my wife accused me of stealing her N40, 000, she hit me with a big plank, I dodged it from hitting my head but I sustained injury on my wrist from the plank, only for the daughters to won up later.”
Agogo begged the court to dissolve the marriage since he was no longer in love with his wife as she had caused great damage to their children.
However, the respondent, Olufumilayo, said that her husband did not care for her and their children and that she had been responsible for their feeding and school fees.
“Anytime I asked him for the children’s school fees, he always told me that they should go and learn a trade and that he is not ready to train them in school. I singlehandedly paid our first daughter’s WAEC fee, he refused to contribute,” she said.
She however made a fervent plea to the court not to dissolve their marriage since she was still in love with her husband.
The court president, Mr Adegboyega Omilola adjourned the case to June 6, for further hearing.