A 67-year-old retired civil servant, Mr Ganiyu Ahmed, on Thursday filed for divorce before Mr Adegboyega Omilola, President of Igando Customary Court in Lagos State, alleging that his wife was responsible for his paralysis.
The petitioner told the court that his misery began when he accepted his wife, Bisola, back into his life after she had abandoned her matrimonial home for years.
“I regretted the day I accepted my wife back. She reappeared in my house in 2001 with a 15-year-old boy whom she claimed she bore for me without my knowledge.
“I didn’t want to accept her and the child but my other children pleaded with me. I later accepted them and gave them rooms in my house.
“My children sponsored the boy’s education at both the secondary and university levels, and he is currently undergoing his NYSC programme in Oyo State.” he said.
The petitioner, who accused Bisola of infidelity, alleged that she was hardly staying at home and might be having an affair with other men.
Ahmed alleged that trouble started when Bisola persuaded him to allow the boy bear the man’s last name as his surname which he refused.
Ahmed alleged that Bisola came home some months after he had refused her request and sprinkled some substance on him which immediately paralysed him.
“She suddenly called my name, I came out to welcome her, and in the process she poured some substance on me and I became paralysed.
“I have been in pains ever since and have visited different hospitals to get cure but I got none.” he told the court.
The petitioner alleged that since then, Bisola had been maltreating him by dragging him on the floor round his house.
“I live every minute of my life in fear. Please save me from the cruel hands of this my aggressive wife, I have suffered so much in silence,’’ he pleaded with the court.
The court’s president, Omilola, in his judgment said that it was obvious from the testimonies of the petitioner and the respondent’s refusal to appear in court that the marriage had hit the rocks.
“Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent refused to honour the court’s invitations.
“Therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The marriage between Mr Ganiyu Ahmed and Mrs Bisola Ahmed is hereby dissolved from today and both parties are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance and molestation,” he said.
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