ADO-EKITI – A 31-year-old marriage has crashed in Ekiti over constant beating of over Adedara Francis by his wife Adedara Oluwakemi.
Their children are Opeyemi (32), f, Abimbola (22), f, Damilola (19), f, and Tomiwa (17) m.
Mr. Francis said his wife was a violent woman, adding that she would not cook for him or take care of the children.
The marriage was dissolved by an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court, on Wednesday on grounds of alleged frequent beatings, insubordination, greediness, selfishness, domestic violence, lack of care for the children.
The President of the Court, Mrs. Olayinka Akomolede, observed that the marriage was broken down irretrievably, consequently dissolved the marriage.
It was learnt both parties had earlier given their evidences on November 4, 2020.
Francis, 52, a resident of No. 14 Adewumi Oluwole Street in Ado-Ekiti, accused his wife of battery, adding that she was in the habit of always beating him at slightest opportunity.
He added that he has been responsible for taking care of everything in the house, including the children.
He said that based on the beating he received from his wife, he had been hospitalized twice in the course of their living together.
The father of four alleged desertion of ten years by his wife, adding they were no longer living together.
He also accused his wife of adultery, stating that he was not aware until she travelled for a course, saying anytime he called her it was a man that would pick her call.
He added that there was a time, his wife wanted to send a message to a man but mistakenly sent it on his phone.
The petitioner therefore urged the court to dissolve their marriage.
But the respondent, Oluwakemi, 51, a resident of No.13 Nova Road in Ado-Ekiti, denied beating her husband.
She said it was her husband that was in the habit of beating her.
She said her husband was a pathological liar, and denied his wife’s adultery allegation by him.
Oluwakemi said she left the house because of the way her husband was beating her on daily basis.
She said she was not in support of the dissolution because the petitioner remains her husband.
Akomolede ruled that the custody of Tomiwa is granted to the petitioner, while Abimbola and Damilola can decide where to remain.
She granted access to the respondent to see Tomiwa in his school without any trouble.
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