Woman, 52 Seeks Dissolution Of 33-Year Old Marriage

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A 52-year-old woman, Alirat Bamidele, on Monday urged a Grade ‘B’ Customary Court in Oshodi, Lagos, to dissolve her 33-year-old marriage over alleged maltreatment by her spouse.

The petitioner, a trader, told the court that she was tired of her marriage to her 55-year old husband, Oyinloye Bamidele, because of his constant physical and mental abuse.

“My husband, Bamidele, beats me all the time. Inside and outside the house I am being embarrassed.

“He is fetish. He threatens my life. There is no more love; in short, I am tired of the marriage.

“God has blessed me with good children who can take care of me. I can no longer continue to suffer in the hands of my husband,“ Alirat said.

The respondent, Bamidele, told the court that he was also tired of the marriage and would not mind a divorce.

“If she wants to go, no problem, I am also tired of the marriage. I cannot force her to stay when she has made up her mind to go,“ he said.

NAN reports that the marriage is blessed with five children, one male and four females. The oldest is 32 years and the youngest is 24 years.

The Court President, Alhaja A.I. Olorunimbe, after listening to the couple, pleaded with them to settle the matter, but to no avail.

Olorunimbe, therefore, asked the couple to invite their children to the court to hear their own side of the matter.

She ordered the couple to maintain peace until the children appear in court and adjourned the case till Aug. 17 for further hearing.