Mrs Taiwo Oluwanisola, 42, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State how she stumbled on a message where her friend was begging her husband, Olajide Oluwanisola,45, to return her pant.
Taiwo said this in an application she filed before the court seeking the dissolution of her 18-year-old marriage to her clearing-agent husband over alleged infidelity.
“My husband is dating my married friend and I discovered this when I was with his cell phone. “Then, a whats-app message entered with my friend’s picture appearing on the screen begging my husband to return her pant. “I showed my husband the message; he confessed that he was having an affair with her that I should forgive him.
“I also went to my friend’s house to confront her for having an affair with my husband. “She also begged me that I should not let her husband hear about it and promised to end the relationship with my husband,” the petitioner testified.
The petitioner, a mother of four, also alleged that her husband had developed the habit of threatening to kill her with dangerous weapons at the slightest provocation.
“My husband who used to beat me up using dangerous weapons also threatened to kill me. “Anytime I received a call, my husband would demand for my cell phone to know if it were a man that called; and if I refused to surrender it to him, he would beat the hell out of me. “He once attacked me on the bed with a cutlass threatening to machete me into pieces but I escaped by the whiskers,” she said.
The petitioner said that her husband had refused to eat food prepared by her in the last three years. She, therefore, pleaded with the court to grant her application for divorce, saying she was no longer loved her husband. Olajide, who denied her wife’s allegation of infidelity, accused Taiwo of having an extra-marital affair with another man.
“My wife is having affair with a man, I have caught them severally, and they always meet around 11p.m. in the darkness behind a transformer. “She and her lover arrested me on two occasions, accusing me of always calling her lover’s cell phone and threatening his life which I know nothing about,” he said.
Olajide also described his wife as “an ingrate’’. He alleged that he bought two cars for her when my business was booming but when it crashed, she started misbehaving. “In fact, she even arrested me claiming I stole her N1,000 of which I am innocent of,” he said.
According to him, Taiwo always goes out at will without my permission and will always return home between 11:p.m., or 11:30 p.m. The husband said he stopped eating foods prepared by his wife because she was fond of abusing him before serving him. Olajide, however, urged the court to grant his wife’s application for divorce, saying he was also fed up with the 18-year-old marriage.
The court president, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to Aug. 9. Omilola, however, ordered each of the couple to come along with three family members at the next adjourned date for possible mediation.