Unable to withstand further beatings from his wife of 33 years, Emmanuel Osuya, 58, on Wednesday secured a divorce from the battering woman, Abigail.
“My wife wants to kill me, she beats me almost every day with dangerous weapons. On three occasions, she broke my leg, preventing me from going out for days, Due to her frequent beating, I got paralysed in 2012.”
According to NAN, an Igando Customary Court in Lagos dissolved the marriage, as Adegboyega Omilola, its president, said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions.
“The court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband,” he ruled.
“The couple can no longer stay together because the marriage has broken down totally: both parties are no longer husband and wife; they are free to go their separate ways.”
Osuya, a retired civil servant, had approached the court to dissolve his 33-year-old marriage over alleged battery by his wife.
Osuya said that Abigail, with whom he had five children, was always threatening his life, and that he was afraid she might kill him one day. He also accused his wife of turning his children against him.
“Abigail succeeded in creating enmity between me and my children; she tells them false and damaging stories about me in order for them to hate me,” he said.
“So, my children only care for her by sending her money and other items every month, without extending their love to me. They always ignore me as if I do not exist.”
The petitioner also described his wife as a thief that was always stealing his money, rendering him financially incapacitated. He said it became so bad that he could not keep money at home anymore because of his wife’s penchant for stealing.
“She is never satisfied with the money I give her, in spite of the fact that my children always send her money every month,’’ the petitioner said.
Osuya added that Abigail also starved him of food and sex. He appealed to the court to dissolve the marriage, saying: “I am no longer interested in the marriage, I don’t want to die now, more so that I am out of love.”
But the respondent denied ever stealing her husband’s money. The mother of five added that she used to cook for her husband whenever he gave her money for food.
She begged the court not to grant her husband’s prayer, as she was still in love with him.