A man, John Anya, set ego aside and fled from his matrimonial home in Lagos State after he was beaten mercilessly by his wife, Egobeke, during public fight over an undisclosed matter.
The man, John, is now hiding inside his church and afraid to return home as he claimed that his wife, Egobeke, might choke him to death if he did so because she is taller and stronger than him.
Following the constant beatings he received from his wife, John has gone to the Customary Court in Igando, Lagos, asking the Court to grant him divorce from his wife, Egobeke and dissolve their 33-year old marriage.
In his petition before the Court, John Anya, a haulage contractor, who resides at 7, Unity Avenue, Akesan, prayed for divorce on grounds that his wife beats him up and that she is not resourceful.
“My wife is such a nuisance. She shows her character when I don’t have money to drop for the home front. She beats me”.
”I had to run away from home and put up in my church in order to save my life. She has tried to chock me to death before.”
”Look at her height and weight. Now, imagine her pinning me down and trying to sniff life out of me,” he told the Court.
An embattled John also accused his wife of running down the business he set up for her.
”She lacks managerial sense. She talks bad about me to my children and has turned their minds against me. I am fed up with the whole situation and I want the Court to grant me a divorce,” he said.
The respondent, Egobeke, a businesswoman, told the Court in tears that she does not want a divorce and that all what her husband said were not true.
“Which virtuous woman has divorce attached to her portfolio. I do not want a divorce. Before we got married, I had been told I would have a rough marriage and I have settled it in my mind and I am carrying my cross diligently.”
“I have endured enough in this marriage Sir. I do not know why my husband is telling all these lies against me,” she said.
The respondent told the Court that her husband has done so many unimaginable things to her.
”This whole issue came up because of the three women he is dating now. One of them is my very good friend.He doesn’t know that I am aware of his atrocities, he also patronises commercial sex workers,” she said.
She further told the Court that the petitioner gives her only N1,000 as feeding allowance daily for a family of five.
“He says I beat him? Please can you see any scar on him? But look at my body you will see scars from his beatings. “
The President of the Court, Koledoye Adeniyi, adjourned the case until 31st March, 2022, for further hearing.