A factory worker, Kazeem Adebiyi, has told a Customary Court sitting at Ile-Tuntun in Ibadan to dissolve his 3-year-old union because his estranged wife, Rukayat, often threatens to stab him to death at any slightest provocation.
Delivering the judgment, the President of the court, Chief Henry Agbaje, held that the court dissolved the union so as to allow peace to reign between Adebiyi and Rukayat.
Agbaje also granted the custody of the two children to Rukayat and ordered Adebiyi to pay N8,000 monthly as the children’s feeding allowance, in addition to being responsible for their education and other kinds of welfare.
Earlier, Kazeem said that he had left his matrimonial home because his wife had made it inhabitable for him through constant nagging and threat to life.
He said, anytime there was a misunderstanding between him and Rukayat, she ensured that she tore up his dress into a rag.
“There is nothing I have not done to make Rukayat conduct herself in a civil and responsible way, but she has remained a devil to me.
“For the past four months, I have sought refuge in a location unknown to her, because she has vowed to stab me to death anywhere she finds me.
“She even attempted to kill me before I managed to escape, and when I reported the incident to her mother, she told me to approach the court if I was not comfortable.
“I have done everything I can to satisfy Rukayat, including giving cash of N100,000 to start a business, which she squandered it.
“When I refused to give her more money, she began to threaten my life,” Kazeem said.
However, Rukayat objected to the suit, but could not deny most of the allegations levelled against her.
She, instead, contended that her children were still small and might suffer if their father part ways with her.
”Adebiyi is not a responsible husband; he doesn’t even fend for the children and me,” she said.