A divorce seeking couple ended up trading words and washing their dirty linens in open court.
It was a show of shame as 55-year-old man, Asimiyu Oladele, and his 48-year-old wife, Kudirat, threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in a war of words at a Grade ‘C’ Customary Court sitting at Inalende, in Ibadan North-West local government area of Oyo State, where they had gone to seek a divorce to their 15-year-old marriage which has produced two teenage children.
While Oladele accused his wife of serial adultery and lack of care and attempted murder, Kudirat accused her husband of being irresponsible, a tout and a lay about.
First to fire the salvo was Oladele and he said:
"I want to divorce her because she is adulterous. She fornicates to an extent that I caught her red-handed with her man-friend in our matrimonial home. They locked the entrance door that day, but I managed to see them through the window.
She also attempted to kill me by sending thugs to me when she could not cope with my silence over her behaviour. But her plan was averted because those guys she sent know me and they came to me to ask why my wife wanted to kill me, to which I took time to explain to them."
But his wife Kudirat would not be caught lying low as she told the court that she was also fed up of her husband and urged the court to divorce them
"I did not commit adultery, the person he met in the house with me was my alfa, and we were sitting down on the chair watching television, not in the bedroom. And it was his first time of coming back home after a year he has abandoned me and the children.
My husband is an irresponsible man, he doesn’t take care of me and the children. He is a tout. He has destroyed most the 'goods in my market.'
My Lord, since he is tired of me, I’m also ready to part ways with him. Please, separate us."
The president of the court, Ramon Olafenwa, had no option but to grant the warring parties their wishes:
"Having observed that there is no more love between the couple, the court hereby dissolves the 15-year-old marriage."