A 38-year old, Deborah Akeju, on Wednesday asked an Agboyi Ketu Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve her 17 year-old marriage to her allegedly drunk husband who often beat her.
Deborah, who resides at 68, Salawe Street, Ketu, Lagos, told the court that her husband, Ayotunde Akeju, was a drunk who never cared for his family.
“He beats me up in public, causing me several body injuries; I don’t love him anymore,” Deborah told the court.
The petitioner said that she moved out of Ayotunde’s house in 2014 after her husband threatened to kill her.
Deborah pleaded that the court should dissolve the estranged union, saying she could no longer tolerate Ayotunde’s conduct.
The respondent, Ayotunde, a spare parts seller, denied the allegations.
He told the court that he never threatened to kill his wife, but admitted beating her once over infidelity.
Ayotunde also urged the court to dissolve the union which has produced four children
The petitioner, however, pleaded for the custody of their last three children.
The Court President, Mr O. T Williams, adjourned the case to Feb. 16 for a review of facts of the matter.