My wife slaps me at will, divorce-seeking husband tells court

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An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Friday dissolved the three-year-old marriage between Mr Mayowa Ogunrinde and his wife, Busayo, over frequent fighting and disrespect for in-laws.

The petitioner, Ogunrinde, 35, a civil servant, also told the court that his wife has no respect for him.

“Most of the time, I do all the domestic chores while my wife will always watch me.”

The petitioner told the court that the respondent was fond of slapping him whenever there was a misunderstanding between both of them.

He claimed that though he fulfilled all his financial responsibilities as a husband, he always went hungry, as his wife would never fulfill her duties in the kitchen.

The petitioner pleaded with the court to grant his application for dissolution of his 3-year-old marriage to Busayo, to enable him enjoy peace of mind.

He prayed the court to award the custody of their daughter to Busayo, but with a clause that he would take custody once she turned six years.

One of the petitioner’s witnesses, Mrs Mary Oluyemi, 60, told the court that she, on several occasions tried to settle the dispute between the petitioner and the respondent without any success.

Busayo, who at several times had been served with court summons was absent in court.

President of the court, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi, after listening to the petitioner and his witnesses, said that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.

‎He awarded the custody of the only child of the marriage to the respondent for proper care until the child turns six years.

Ogunsemi also ordered the petitioner to be paying N2,000 as monthly feeding allowance of the child‎ through the court’s registrar, effective from May, 2017 for onward delivery to the respondent.

He ruled that the petitioner would be responsible for the education of the child at all levels, besides medical bills.

The president granted the petitioner unrestricted ‎access to the child‎.

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