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“My Wife is Fond of Beating Me” – 72 Year Old Lagos Man Tells Customary Court




An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Friday dissolved a 20-year-old marriage between John* and his wife, Mary*,  over his wife’s alleged battery.

The President of the court, *Ben, held that both parties were no longer husband and wife and they were free to go their separate ways.

John, 72, a retired civil servant, had alleged that his wife always threatened his life through beating, among other things.

“My wife is fond of beating me, she beats me on any slight provocation, I am tired of being brutalised.

A day cannot pass without her laying her hands on me, I am afraid she may kill me one day if I still continue in the marriage,’’ he said.

He described his wife as an unfaithful woman who left the house without permission and hardly slept at home.

“My wife can leave the house for a week without telling me. When she returns and I query her about her disappearance from home, she always tell me that she went for vigil.

I believe that she is seeing another man, she did not go to any vigil,’’ he said.

He claimed that his wife always stole his money and it was only the two of them that stay in the house.

John alleged that his wife did not cook for him nor wash his clothes that he cooked and washed his clothes himself despite his blindness.

The petitioner begged the court to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage, saying he was no longer interested in the union as he did not want to die now.

However, Mary, 40, a cleaner, denied all the allegations, but alleged that her husband always denied her sex.

“My husband is starving me of sex, he refused to make love to me, he will be giving me one excuse or the other,” she said.

Mary described John as a drunk who drank a lot and misbehaved thereafter.

She said that she had never beaten him, adding that she used to cook and wash his clothes.

The respondent said that she was not dating any man, and accused her husband of being unfaithful.

She said that there was a day she saw him coming out of one of his tenant’s room with a towel around his waist.

The mother of two begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish because she still loves him.

*Aliases have been used to protect the individuals’ identities*

Photo Credit: Oscar Williams/ (*Photo is for illustrative purposes only*)

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  1. Anon

    March 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    John 72.
    Mary 40.

    John is starving her of sex. Well, he probably can’t get it up anymore. Buy him viagra.

    Mary leaves the house for a week and claims she’s been for vigil. Likely story. The vigil must involve getting to cloud 9.

    He married her at 20, when he was 52. I call it borderline paedophilia. It is catching up with both of you now.

    • Anon

      March 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Exactly my thought

  2. oj

    March 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    “The mother of two begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish because she still loves him.” after she accused him of being unfaithful, a drunk, an adulterer and not satisfying her sexually.

    it’s so obvious who the liar is.

    On another note, see the age gap o.

  3. @edDREAMZ

    March 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    “”“My wife is fond of beating me, she beats me on any slight provocation, I am tired of being brutalised.””” lmaoooo…. Ur wife is irresponsible and is gud to dissolve that marriage abeg…..

  4. ada nnewi

    March 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    The woman sounds crazy…

  5. JULIE

    March 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hmmmmm i don’t kn who to believe

  6. kas

    March 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    looooooooooooooooooooool,hehehehhehehehehe, i can’t stop laughing.
    you see what some women face too? lol

  7. blaque pearl

    March 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    i dan dieee!!! rotflmhooooo!!! chai! see gobe ooh .eyah granpa sowiee u hia?!!! lwkmd!

  8. honey

    March 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    See gobe. The woman is definitely a liar. She cheats, drinks, denies you of sex etc, and then you dont want divorce because you still love him. Story for the gods

    • honey

      March 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm


  9. newbie

    March 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Bellanaija and this una fascination with the goings on of Igando Customary Court sef. I bet y’all have a correspondent permanently assigned lol

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