An Igando customary court in Lagos on Thursday, December 15, has dissolved a 2-year-old marriage between 35-year-old Andrew Epu and his 32-year-old wife, Tina.
Vanguard reports that the dissolution was due to the wife's constant checking of husband’s phone. The man who is an engineer, was said to have gone to court to dissolve the union over this attitude of his wife. He said: “my wife is always checking my phone to know who I called or who called me. “If the person happened to be a woman, she will be accusing me of dating the person. I am tired of her behaviour, as I can no longer speak to ladies anymore except men. My wife once sent hired killers after me but I escaped and also on Oct. 26, her brother and his gang attacked me and beat the hell out of me. I am tired and cannot bear it any longer.”
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Epu also said that the wife had denied him sex for months and had moved out of his house since September 26. He said: “Tina packed out of my house with my car, fridge, generator, gas cooker and other household items. She later called me to inform me that she had packed out of my house that she was no longer interested in the marriage.”
The estranged husband went ahead to plead with the court to dissolve their marriage as it has not produced any child and he does not love her anymore.
The respondent who is a businesswoman, denied all allegations, said she was not ready to divorce her husband because she still loves him. Accusing her husband of infidelity, Tina said: “my husband is having affair with his staff and students and that is why he hates me touching his phone. Whenever I questioned him about what I saw on his phone, fight will follow.”
According to her, she never denied her husband sex nor threatened his life with hired killers. She said that she did not pack her husband’s property that she only went away with her own property.
The president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, said that the petitioner was adamant despite mediation from the court and family intervention.
“since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.”
He then pronounced the marriage dissolved, saying they have ceased to be husband and wife “and both are free to go your separate ways without any hindrances and molestation.”