A 45-year-old woman has called for the annulment of her 33-year-old marriage, accusing her husband of stripping her naked and beating her to a pulp.
The complainant, Margaret Agwu, made the disclosure to the Igando Customary Court, Lagos State today, September 7, in divorce proceedings against her husband identified simply as Onu.
Margaret revealed that her husband had turned her into a punching bag, saying,
"He once punched me in my stomach and I lost my first pregnancy after a fight. I have lived every minute of my life in fear but I cannot go back to my parents because of the bride price."
The 45-year-old woman urged the court to annul her marriage of 33 years, also citing her husband's duplicity.
"When I was 12 years old, my husband came to my village to ask for my hand in marriage with a promise to my parents that he would send me to school.
"He also lied to my parents that he is a businessman that he owned a provision store and that he lived in a flat.
"My parents told him that they cannot release me for marriage because I was too young and besides I was still schooling.
"Onu told my parents that he will send me to school after the marriage, my parent agreed and he paid the bride price," she explained.
She went on to add:
"When I got to his house, I discovered that he was staying in one-room apartment, selling popcorn at the roadside.
"He also refused to fulfil his promise of sending me to school."
Margaret said she would have let go of her husband's deceit if not for the fact that he had turned into a brute, and beats her at the slightest provocation.
She also accused her husband of absconding with their five children about 16 years ago.
"When I called him after he packed out, he just told me that he was no longer interested in the marriage and since then he refused to pick my calls.
"His relations told me he relocated with the children to Port Harcourt. It is 16 years now that I have not seen nor heard from them.
"I heard that my husband gave our first daughter's hand in marriage without my knowledge and that she had given birth to a son."
The complainant further urged the court to return the N600 bride price paid on her head and dissolve the marriage, saying, "I am no longer in love and I want to move on with my life."
During a call placed to Onu on the phone by a court official, he said Margaret was no longer his wife.
The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, admitted that the marriage had obviously hit the rocks.
"Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent refused to honour court summons, therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the union.
"The marriage between Margaret Agwu and Onu Agwu is hereby dissolved from today, both parties are no longer husband and wife.
"Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation," he concluded.