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23 Apr 2017

'My Wife Attends Church Vigil Every Night, I Want To Divorce Her"- Man Tells Court

A fashion designer, Fatai
Olasupo, has dragged his
wife, Temitope Olasupo,
before Oja Oba/Mapo Grade C
Customary Court, Mapo,
Ibadan,Oyo State seeking the dissolution of their 15-year-
old marriage.

Fatai alleged that Temitope was stubborn,
quarrelsome and always
fought him. He, therefore, prayed the
court to separate them and
award him custody of their
two children.

"I was intoxicated with love
so much that I was blinded to
the true nature of my wife
while we were dating. I
realised I had made a big
mistake in the choice of a marriage partner a few
weeks into our marriage,
"Fatai told the court. "I got married to a woman
who is strong-headed. She
never listened to me or took
instructions from me. She
intentionally flouted my

"She was fond of attending vigil in her church
and thus stayed away from
home nearly every night
which I didn't like.

"At the end of the day, she
packed her belongings and
moved out of the home with
our children. "She withdrew our children from the school I enrolled
them in and took them to another.

At present, one of
them has stopped going to
school. "My daughter was to take the common entrance
examination last year, but
was not intellectually fit. She
was returned to primary three
because her IQ was low. "I work and labour to ensure I
give our children the best ,
but my wife keeps frustrating
my efforts. "She is loose with
her mouth; her words sting
like a bee and this often led to a fight between us. "Anytime we fought, she
would tell me we had not yet
started until our story was
broadcast on radio and
television. "I have come to
court to prevent such a thing from happening to us, "the
plaintiff stated. The defendant debunked all
the plaintiff had said and also
prayed the court not to grant
his plea on the children's
custody. "My lord, my husband is a liar.
He was the one who packed
my things out of his house
even though we did not
quarrel. "I went to church with our
children for the annual
harvest celebration. The
programme extended late
into the night. We were
planning to return home the next day when his call came
in. He asked me and the
children to remain in church
because he was ironing out
an issue with our landlord,
but he refused to tell me what the matter was. "I was uncomfortable with
the whole thing, and a few
days after, I called our
landlord's son who told me my
husband had moved out of
our apartment and left my belongings in front of the
house. "I immediately rushed home
and met the situation as I
was told. I was later informed
he had moved into a new
apartment with another
woman, "the defendant said. "Since then, I have been
responsible for the upkeep
and education of our children.
"I earn N15,000 where I work
and out of this we feed and
do all other necessary things. "Many times the children trek
to and from school which is a
long distance. "I have not been able to pay
our first child's school fees for
four years at the Queens
College. As a result, she is
made to sit in a separate
room during examinations. Many times she was not
allowed to write examination
until I had gone to plead with
school authorities. "I went to his shop many
times to plead with him to
take up his responsibility as
the father of the children, but
he would end up fighting and
beating me. "I had to change her school in
her fifth year to a nearby one
which is more affordable.
When she was to enroll for
WAEC ,she asked her father
for the fee but he declined… Our children are here in court
and can testify to all I have
said. "Till date he has not told me
why he threw my things out
of his house. When his
parents mediated in the
matter, he told them he was
no longer interested in marrying an Ibo woman. My
mother in-law was against
his decision but he was
adamant. His elder sister and
I still relate very well,
Temitope stated. The court president, Chief
Ademola Odunade, after
listening to the duo called out
their children to testify. Funmilayo, the eldest of the
two, a 14-year-old girl, stated
that his father was
responsible for her school
fees at Queen's College and
her mother, at Comprehensive High School, Oke Ado. She further stated that he
was not committed to his
other responsibilities as a
father. After listening to all the parties, Odunade adjourned the case
till May 24 for further hearing.

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