17 November 2017
By James Ojo
‘Till death do us part,’ that’s often one of the highpoints of every marriage vow. But for 45-year-old businessman, Garbar Pakachi, why wait for death when there are other ways to part?
Pakachi, on Thursday approached a Nyanya Customary Court, Abuja, to dissolve his 22-year-old marriage over endless challenges he had been facing since he walked down the aisle with Martha Ahmed.
In his divorce petition, Pakachi alleged that since he married Martha, he has never known peace.
“Since I got married to my wife, we have never had peace in our marriage; she has the habit of disobeying me.
“Worst of all, is that she cooks only once a week,” Pakachi told the court.
Aside cooking once in a week, the 45-year-old businessman noted that his wife hardly spends time at home with the family, adding that she attends night clubs without his permission.
According to him, “She returns late at night from her business, sometimes she does not return at all till the following day.
“One night around 3:30a.m., I went to my wife’s room and discovered that she left our last child all alone in the room, and she was nowhere to be found.
“Immediately I called her phone to know her whereabouts; to my greatest surprise she told me that she was in a night club, and she did not return until 4:00a.m.”
He however, pointed out that all efforts he had made over the years to correct his wife’s behaviour proved abortive, hence his resort to divorce her.
Pakachi prayed the court to dissolve the marriage and give him custody of the four children of the marriage.
Responding to her husband’s allegations, Martha, who is a businesswoman, also told the court she was tired of the marriage.
She appealed to the court to give her custody of the last child of the marriage.
Addressing the couple, the judge, Jemilu Jega, stressed the need for them to bury the hatchet, noting that 22-years of marriage was not a joke.
“Twenty two years of marriage is not a joke; you should not allow this problem to destroy what you have built in the past 22-years.’’ He then urged the couple to reconcile and adjourned the case until Nov. 21 for judgment.