Musiliu Yusuf is a 50 year old teacher living in Lagos. His story before the Igando Customary Court in Lagos left many in the court aghast today Monday, July 11.
The teacher told the court that his wife was impregnated by one of her lovers in their matrimonial home. He also said his wife was in the habit of beating him at the slightest provocation.
While testifying, he said:
“My wife committed adultery, she got pregnant for one of her lovers in our matrimonial home. My wife is promiscuous; my fellow landlords are her boyfriends. She got pregnant for one of them, they mock and make jest of me whenever they see me. I stopped making love to her in June 2014 due to her infidelity and in 2015 she told me she was pregnant. I rejected the pregnancy and even after delivery of the baby, I refused to care for her because the baby is not mine,” the estranged husband said.
“I packed out from the house I built on four different occasions because I fear for my life as my wife always beat me on any slight provocation. I finally ran out on June 14, 2015 and refused to go back just to save my life because I don’t want to die,” he said.
He then went on to give a list of hotels visited by his wife and some of her lovers.
His wife, Hassana , 39, who is also a teacher said she filed the suit to end her 13-year-old marriage, because her husband threatened to kill her in order to inherit what they both acquired.
“He threatened to kill me so that he can take over what we both laboured for. He always boasts that nobody will question him if he kills me. We jointly bought a coaster bus and two plots of land. We used a plot to build a house, the other a school,” she said.
She also said that her husband was in the habit of accusing her of infidelity.
“My husband is suspicious of my moves; every man I talk to is my boyfriend. He has no trust, whatsoever in me,” the estranged wife said.
Hassana said that her husband packed out of their home without any notice to an unknown destination.
“On many occasions, he had abandoned me and the children. He once left the house for a year,” she said. The mother of four said the only reason her husband rejected their fourth child was because she refused him a loan.
Mr Yusuf said contrary to his wife’s claim that they both built the house and school, he never collected any money from her.
The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, decided to dissolve the marriage. Since it appeared that the estranged couple were tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage. The court pronounces the marriage between Hassana Yusuf and Musiliu Yusuf dissolved today; both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.”
Recently, thirty-three-year-old Mrs Ifeanyi Samuel told an Igando customary court in Lagos state why she wished to dissolve her nine-year-old marriage. She said he could not perform up to her expectations in bed.