A retiree, Taofeek Giwa, has asked the Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi-Ibadan, to dissolve his 7-year-old marriage to his wife, Abiodun Omotayo, citing constant physical assault.

Giwa who recently retired from the Nigerian Prisons Service, on June 9, told the court on Friday that the respondent, Abiodun Omotayo beats him at will.

According to Giwa, the defendant always used the advantage of her huge stature to oppress and treat him as inferior to her.

“She beats me on any slight provocation, I dare not correct her mistakes, in fact, she is in the habit of tearing my cloth. My lord, the worst she did recently was that she poisoned my meal in an attempt to kill me and I am not ready to die now.

“I plead with the court to separate us to avoid untimely death so that I can take care of my children and enjoy the fruits of my labour. This is because I just retired from active service to my country and I want to enjoy the fruit of my labour.’’ Giwa said.

Omotayo in her defence denied all the allegations and told the court that the petitioner was the one who used to pursue her with machete.

She however agreed with the divorce request, saying she was tired of living with the plaintiff because of his adulterous life. Omotayo also urged the court to grant him custody of the only child of the marriage for proper upbringing.

President of the court, Mukaila Balogun, dissolved the marriage and gave the custody of the only child to the respondent. Balogun further ordered the plaintiff to pay N3, 000 monthly allowance to the defendant for the maintenance of the child.

The Punch reports that Mr Balogun appealed to both parties to maintain peace and jointly take care of the only child of the marriage.

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