A 45-year-old Carpenter, Waheed Tiamiyu, on Thursday prayed an Igando Customary Court sitting in Lagos to dissolve his 13-year-old marriage to his wife, Bukola over alleged infidelity and suicide threats.
Narrating his ordeal before the court, Tiamiyu said his wife, with whom he had three children, was in the habit of threatening to commit suicide without provocation.
According to Tiamiyu, “My wife is always threatening to kill herself; she has attempted suicide on four occasions.
“She once threatened to jump down from our balcony, I dragged her back and started begging her.
“The second was when she wanted to drink kerosine, the third was when she came to my room with a belt tied around her neck, she climbed a chair and wanted to tie the belt to the ceiling fan.
“The fourth was when she wanted to fall into a well, I wondered what will happen if I have not intervened by begging her not to kill herself on each of these four instances.’’
Accusing his wife of infidelity, the Carpenter said, “There is a particular man that always called my wife, he can call 20 times a day. I secretly saved the number from my wife’s phone without her knowledge.
“Whenever I asked my wife who the guy was, she always tells me that the guy is her sister’s boyfriend.
“I called her sister and she denied knowing the man nor the phone number.
“I later investigated and I discovered that her lover is a powerful person.
“Please, dissolve this marriage, I am not ready to die now.’’
He also claimed that his wife does not care for him, stressing that she cooks and gives him bad food, while she eats the good one.
“My wife cooks my food and her own food separately. She will put assorted meat in her pot of soup and cook a shoddy soup for me.
“She also refused to wash my clothes, anytime I gave her my clothes to wash, she always tells me to give them to my elder wife to wash,’’ he said.
Reacting to her husband’s allegation, Bukola said she only attempted suicide twice.
Explaining why she attempted suicide, Bukola said, “I attempted suicide because my husband wanted to send me packing and I didn’t want to leave my children because I love them.”
She dismissed Tiamiyu’s claim of food, saying she gives him good food, whenever he dropped good money.
The mother of four also denied having extra marital affairs, stressing that the man her husband was referring to was only a friend.
She consented to the dissolution of the marriage because she was no longer interested in the union.
The president of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, consequently, adjourned the matter till June 28 for further hearing.
Omilola, however, ordered the couple to come along with three family members each, for Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, at the next adjourned date.