A 75-year-old man, Fashola Fakorede, man has gone to seek the help of a Customary Court in Igando, Lagos State, to dissolve his marriage over allegations that his 49-year-old wife, Funke, beats him up.
The petitioner reportedly told the Court that his wife had turned him into a punching-bag.
He said: “My wife wants to kill me, she beats me every day, I don’t want to die now, save my life.
“My wife always beat me if I asked for food or anything. She has turned it to a routine. All the scars on my body is as a result of her battery on me.”
“She goes out and returns home at will without seeking my permission”. He added.
“She can go out for days and if I queried her, she would hit me with any dangerous weapon she could lay her hand on at that moment.
“And my daughter is also following her footstep. She brings home different men and my wife will not query her. So, I sent her away from my house.”
He prayed the court for a dissolution of the union, saying he was no longer in love with her and was tired of the regular battery, which had led to his ill-health.
“I am tired of the constant beating, I am afraid this woman will kill me one day. I am not ready to die now,” he pleaded.
Funke, on the other hand, denied the allegations, saying that she did not beat her husband and always took good care of him and respected him.
The mother of three, however, accused her husband of denying his children the right to go to school.
She said: “My husband is unable to send any of his three children to secondary school. My husband is not responsible”.
“None of our children went to secondary school, all of them stopped schooling at primary school.”
She said her husband had disowned his daughter, and urged the court not to grant his wish as she still loved him.
“I have nowhere to go as no man will want to marry me at my age,” she said.
The court president, Mr R. I. Adeyeri, adjourned the case to November 25 for further hearing.