Break my marriage or I poison my husband, woman tells court


An Ibadan-based housewife and mother of three, Ronke Olanrewaju, on Wednesday asked an Ile-Tuntun Customary Court to dissolve her union.

The petitioner  also threatened to poison her husband, Sunday, if the court declined  to grant her request  due to the persistent battery she had been subjected to in her home.

In her petition to the court, Ronke, a trader,  said that she was  tired of her husband’s incessant beatings  and may  be compelled to resort  to self help

“Sunday has continually made marriage a thing of regret and frustration for me.

“Anytime men enter into my shop to buy goods, Sunday becomes offended and accuses me of having extra- marital affairs with them.

“Then, he descends heavily on me, battering me mercilessly.

“My lord, it would have been better if he had stopped at just beating me.

“  Sunday also treats my mother with disdain by beating her as well.

“In fact, he treats her like a rag.

“In his wickedness, he often locks  me up in the belief that he is above the law as  a politician

“If this court refuses to grant my divorce prayer, I might poison him,” Ronke said.

The respondent, who opposed the suit, admitted to the allegations levelled against him.

Sunday,  who lives  at Ona-Ara area of Ibadan with his wife,  pleaded with the court to help preserve his marriage.

“My lord, I am guilty of the allegation levelled against me and I am ready to turn a new leaf.

“I don’t know what usually comes  over me before beating Ronke.

“Please,  help me to beg her not to leave me, I am ready to sign an undertaking never to lay my hands on her anymore.

“There is nobody to take of the children if Ronke leaves me and I don’t want my children to undergo the kind of hardship I experienced.

“I don’t think that I can ever get a loving wife like Ronke again,” Sunday stated.

Chief Henry Agbaje, the court’s President, advised the duo to maintain the status quo by embracing  peace.

He adjourned the case till Sept.  18 for further hearing. (NAN)


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