Mr. Olaiya Adeagbo, a 59-year old physically challenged man, has pleaded with an Igando Customary Court in Lagos to nullify his 23-year-old marriage, on the grounds of his wife’s infidelity. He told the court on today, 11th April, that that his wife, who is the mother of his four children, was having an extramarital affair with his neighbour. Narrating the incident which was the straw that broke the camel’s back, Mr. Olaiya said:
“I always received a tip-off from our neighbours that my wife is having an affair with one of our neighbours who was a bachelor. That fateful day, I came back home earlier and could not find her in our room, two of my neighbours told me that they sighted her when she sneaked into her lover’s room.
“I went to knock on his door but he refused to open after hearing my voice. I continued knocking and he later opened his door, and I saw my wife hiding behind his door sweating and panting, I greeted her and left.
“After some days, her lover died and my wife disappeared from the house without taking anything and refused to come back. My wife later went to marry another man, who also died after some months of their marriage.”
The petitioner, Olaiya Adeagbo, who urged the court to terminate the marriage as his life was not safe and that he was no longer interested in the union also gave the court another reason why he wanted their marriage to be dissolves stating that his wife fights a lot with their neighbours.
According to him:
“My wife fights a lot, she fought with our pregnant neighbour but the woman died the following morning. Every house we rented, we are always evicted because of her frequent fighting with me and neighbours; she once stabbed me with a knife.”
On her own part, the wife, Mrs Taiwo Adeagbo, 46, also alleged that her husband Olaiya Adeagbo, was equally guilty of adultery, revealing that her husband had at one point eloped with her best friend. She told the court that the man her husband saw her with was not her lover but her benefactor.
“I am not having any affair with that our neighbour, he was only my benefactor who always meet my needs as my husband is not responsible, but unfortunately he is no more. My husband always bring home different women claiming they have one problem or another; he once ran away with my best friend to unknown destination for three-months.”
She also pleaded with the court to terminate the marriage as she too had lost interest in the relationship.
The President of the court, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, after listening to the couple, adjourned the case to 10th May for further hearing.