14 September 2016
A 36-year-old man, Samson Ebiniyi, on Wednesday urged an Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 10-year-old marriage to his, wife Modinat, for alleged stubbornness and arrogance.
Ebiniyi, who resides at No. 7, Otunla Str., Majidun, Ikorodu, Lagos, also cited lack of motherly care for their four children as reasons for seeking dissolution of the marriage.
At the resumed hearing, the petitioner told the court that he was fed up with Modinat’s ways.
“Modinat has become used to not sleeping at home and does not care if her actions hurt me or the children.
“I cannot continue to tolerate her stubbornness toward me and her arrogance toward other people, especially my neighbours,’’ he told the court.
Corroborating the husband’s claim, the petitioner’s witness, Happiness Otunla, said that Modinat was stubborn and adamant and had allegedly refused to heed several pieces of advice to stop her bad behaviour.
“Samson is like a son to me and he usually reports his wife to me and I have corrected Modinat many times to no avail.
“But, I beg this court to settle them instead and make peace reign in their home,’’ Otunla pleaded with the court.
Otunla, who was cross-examined by Modinat’s uncle, Mr Gbade Akintotu, told the court that both parties had at different times committed acts likely to breach the peace of the marriage.
“The two of them owe each other apologies for wrongs done against each other as husband and wife.
“It will be in the interest of the children for Samson and Modinat to remain as husband and wife,’’ Otunla testified.
One of the Modinat’s witnesses, Jimoh Babatunde, said that the children of the marriage would suffer psychological trauma should the court grant the application.
“We in the compound, where Samson lives, know how the children love their parents,’’ he told the court.
But, Modinat, in her defence, told the court that the petitioner did not show her enough love, saying that her husband was in the habit of threatening to divorce her at the slightest provocation.
The president of the court, Mrs Omolara Abiola, however, urged the couple to maintain peace pending the determination of the case.
She said that adjourned dated would be communicated to all the parties after the court must have received vital information that would help it to settle the matter.