High Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Monday dissolved the five-year-old marriage between one Kafayat Suara and her husband, Mutiu, over threat to life and oppression.
Odunade said that the court was duty bound to put an end to any union that might eventually result in violence.
He awarded the custody of the two children of the union to Kafayat and directed Mutiu to pay a monthly feeding allowance of N8,000 to her.
In addition, he ordered Mutiu to take up the responsibility of the children’s education and other welfare needs.
Narrating her ordeal in court, Kafayat said that her husband had persistently threatened her life.
“My lord, life has not been the same with me since Mutiu came into my life due to his oppressive tendencies.
“The most frustrating of his oppressive tendencies was when he forced me to stop working.
“On that day, Mutiu took me to a marabout who informed me that God revealed to him that I should not engage in any form of trade or occupation until I attain the age of 70.
“Mutiu consequently took all my means of livelihood from me.
“As a result, the three big shops that I had before then became empty and I could no longer fend for myself let alone take care of the children because Mutiu refused to be responsible.
“Again, my lord, he took me to the same marabout who told me to produce my pictures and I gave them to him.
“Till date, I can not tell what the marabout did with my pictures.
“All I know is that things have continued to fall apart for me, and my mother has been responsible for my sustenance.
“In fact, Mutiu is fond of threatening to kill me if I ever venture into any trade with or without his knowledge.
“He specifically said that he would kill me and thereafter commit suicide.
“I am tired, please separate us,” Kafayat had pleaded with the court.
Mutiu was, however, absent in court to defend the allegations levelled against him in spite of being served court summons on two occasions.