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Off You Go ‘My wife is a thief’ - Man tells divorce court

A divorce seeking man has told a court that his wife steals from him.

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The Agege Customary Court sitting in Lagos, was thrown into a raucous session when a middle-aged man, Friday James, seeking divorce from his wife and mother of his three children, Linda, openly declared that the woman he married is a thief and he can no longer condone her stealing habit.

Aside that, James also told the court that his wife is not caring and does not bother is the children go to school as she comfortably spends their fees on frivolities as well as taking his money several times.

He narrated in court:

“Not only does my wife spend our children’s school fees, she also steals from me. Whenever our children’s school proprietress calls me on phone, I know there is a problem.  My wife once stole N83, 000 from my wardrobe.

The painful thing is that she wouldn’t give account on what she spent the money on and it is annoying because I can’t continue to give her monthly allowance while I starve with our children. If she truly respects me as her husband, she won’t be doing all this.”

But in her defense, Linda said her husband was only looking for an excuse to send her packing as he is fond of harassing her in front of neighbours.

“I didn’t steal from him. I only took N10, 000 from his wardrobe without his knowledge because I was told my father was ill and I thought I could refund it before he got to know.

Whenever I requested for   money from him, he asks me to be patient till month end. I think I have also made up my mind for dissolution because whenever our tenants misplace anything, my husband refers them to me and it is not right.

I don’t know why he is complaining because when he knew I took his money, he took me outside and called me a thief in the presence of almost everyone who lives on our street.

As if all he had done wasn’t enough, I was sacked from my place of work because of his actions. I now sell noodles and eggs. I can’t continue to put up with his attitude.”

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