A 38-year-old housewife, Catherine Afolayan has begged the court to dissolve her 14-year-old marriage to her husband, Mr Obadofin Afolayan, 41 over his wife battering attitude.
Appearing before an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Tuesday, the mother of two said her husband had turned her into a punching bag as he beats her at will. She said at one time, he had beat her up in the school premises of their children and at another occasion, he’d insulted in public, calling her a prostitute.
She added that he only gives her feeding allowance occasionally and all efforts made by relatives to curb this habit proved abortive.
Addressing the court, the husband said he only beat his wife when she provoked him at their children’s school. He denied the woman’s allegation that he gives her feeding allowance occasionally, saying he’s been providing for his family to the point that his wife sometimes gives out food to the neighbours.
He explained that he had given his wife a huge sum of money to start a business, but she showed no appreciation and instead she moved out of their matrimonial home.
Presiding over the matter, the court’s president, Mr Ogunsemi Joseph after listening to both parties, adjourned the case till June 16.
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