A married woman, Mrs. Odunayo Agbetuyi, on Thursday sought an order of the Customary Court in Ikole-Ekiti to grant her divorce in her 10-year marriage to her husband, James Ijarotimi, over alleged battery.
The woman had prayed to the court to separate her from her husband who seems to have made a sport out of her by beating her, almost on a daily basis.
The estranged wife was seeking for the divorce on the ground of alleged constant fighting, assaulting and fighting plaintiff’s parents.
Odunayo also claimed that her husband did not care for her, neither does he care how she fare in life and that he is always about himself alone. And anytime she tries to confront him for his negligence, the only thing he does is to beat the hell out of her.
She told the court that the beating she received from her husband was too much, adding that she was no longer interested in the union.
“My husband sponsored my NCE education, learning of craft, (hairdressing) and also paid for my graduation. This i appreciate him for, but nevertheless he has turned me into a punching bag. There is no day that he does not beat me. And to make the matters worse, he always ensures that no one comes to my rescue.’’
She prayed the court to grant her divorce as well as custody of their four children, and N5,000 monthly maintenance allowance on each child totalling N20,000.
She left her husband’s house three years ago, she deposed.
When the plaintiff’s claims were read to the respondent by the court, he denied all allegations but said if his wife wanted a divorce, he was not objecting to it.
After hearing the prayers of both parties, the President of the three-man panel, Mrs. Yemisi Ojo, adjourned the case until Febuary 19 for continuation of hearing.