A woman identified as Bashirat Adetunji has filed a divorce suit against his husband in a Customary court sitting in Mapo Ibadan over her husband’s inability to provide for the family.
Bashirat in stated that Yenusa Adetunji her husband was irresponsible and troublesome. She added that he stole her N30,000.
She pleaded with the court to grant her custody of their four children while they dissolve their union.
In her words she stated that.
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“My husband, in our 15 years of marriage, has failed to prove he’s the head of our home.
“There were instances you would expect him to take actions or decisions which would prove he’s a man indeed, but he dodges and pushes the responsibilities to me.
“A shop near us was burgled and sewing machines were carted away. The police were informed and a house to house search was carried out in the neighbourhood.
“During the search, my sewing machine which was handed over to me by my mother was seized by the police.
“They refused to release it even after I presented the receipt. I expected my husband to step into the matter and ensure its release since I have a proof, but he disappeared from home. I gave up on retrieving the machine from the police after parading the station for weeks.
“He later returned home and never gave an explanation as to where he went.
“As a fashion designer, since I had nothing to live on after the incident, I went to work as a house maid and was able to save a reasonable amount to buy another sewing machine.
“He never cared to know what job I took up and never made any attempt in helping me get a new machine.
“I was the one responsible for our children’s welfare and education. He never considered these his responsibilities.
“He again abandoned me and our children for more than two years. He didn’t disclose where he was and didn’t call for those years.
“He later surfaced with tales of how he travelled to Saudi Arabia to learn Arabic.
“A few months after, he brought home a woman whom he introduced as his new wife.
“He came back with the intention of borrowing N10, 000 from me.
“I refuse to oblige him. He became angry and fought me.
“He destroyed my sewing machine and beat me blue black.
“He also went away with my N30, 000 savings.
“He came back the following day while I was away from home and took our children away with him.
“My lord, I’ve had enough of his maltreatment, please, separate us.”
Defending himself after the allegations was levelled against him, Yinusa said he is also tired of the union and therefore called for the court to dissolve their marriage.
“I’m also no more interested in my union with her, “Yinusa told the court.
“I left for Saudi Arabia in 2015 and I have just returned. While away, my wife turned herself into a whore and slept with young men in our neighbourhood.
“I was given reports of her atrocities on a regular basis.
“On returning, I met our place in disarray and our children looking uncared for.
“This was my reason for taking the children away from her.
“My wife is a liar and an ingrate.
“After her sewing machine was seized by the police, I bought her a new one at the cost of N90,200. She added N30, 000 to make up the sum. I still have the receipt with me.
“She was once pregnant and developed a problem during pregnancy.
“After a thorough examination, it was advised that the fetus be removed. The cost of the operation was N150, 000. None of her family members rendered a helping hand. I had a meaningful amount with me which belonged to my customer. I spent this on her surgery, but I was later locked up in the cell by my customer for three days because I couldn’t make a refund of his money.
“After I realized and got back home, I met my wife, her siblings and friends watching a film in our sitting room.
“Few minutes after, she came to ask me for feeding allowance. I was annoyed, but I tried to control my anger.
“Again, she was down with cancer few months after she had the surgical operation. I spent a fortune on her medical bill.
“My lord, I should be the one asking for a divorce, but I have tried to persevere all these years.
“But since she has prayed for it, let it be.”
The court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, ruled that their marriage be dissolved.
He granted custody of the last two children to the plaintiff and ordered the defendant to pay N6,000 monthly as their monthly feeding allowance.
Yinusa was also told to take responsibility of his children’s education.