The man begged the court not to dissolve the marriage.
In spite of pleas by a husband, Kayode Erimiye, to an Agege Customary Court, Lagos to save his marriage, the court on Friday dissolved the 11-year-old marriage.
“She is the love of my life and I still love her very much; she loves me and I know it but she is just confused.
“I still love her and I want the court to plead with her on my behalf,” he said.
The respondent, who claimed his wife was adulterous and often received amorous text messages from strange men on her phone, said that nevertheless he loved her.
“My wife is adulterous and always keeps late nights; there are countless love text messages on her phone,” he said.
Mr. Erimiye’s wife, Adedoyin, a trader, who lives at No 11, Abeokuta St., Ogba, Lagos, had on March 4 filed for the dissolution of the marriage on grounds of battery and infidelity.
Delivering his judgment, the Court President, Emmanuel Sokunle, said that from the evidence before the court it was obvious that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.
“Starting from today, you cease to be husband and wife. You should go your separate ways and maintain the peace.
“The custody of the children produced by the union is referred to Family Court for final decision.
“In the interim, the children will remain with their mother and the father shall pay N20, 000 monthly through the court for the children’s upkeep,” Mr. Sokunle ruled.
The court also ordered the respondent to be responsible for the educational and medical bills of the two children, aged 14 and 10, from the marriage.
The petitioner had during her testimony told the court that her husband neglected her and the children and often beats her.
Adedoyin said that her husband on one occasion hit her with a plank.
“My husband is too jealous; he always felt insecure, trailing my movement and monitoring me whenever I went out or to work.
“Anytime I made the mistake of getting home at 7.00 p.m., I was severely beaten and would not be allowed to sleep in the house,’’ she said.
According to her, when I was six months pregnant with one of our children, he beat me without any consideration for my state of health.
The petitioner also claimed that her husband kept chains of girlfriends with one of them even having the audacity to threaten her on phone.
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