12th January, 2016
A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Tuesday dissolved an eight year-old marriage between Ajibike Ajeigbe and her husband Adedapo over addiction to beer.
The court President, Mr Ademola Odunade, held that the dispute had gone out of hand hence, Ajibike’s resolve to quit the relationship by all means.
“In the interest of peace and tranquility, the union between Ajibike and Ajeigbe has ceased to be henceforth.
Odunade ordered Ajeigbe to pay a monthly feeding allowance of N5,000 for the upkeep of the seven year-old child and be responsible for his school fees and other welfare.
Ajibike had told the court that Ajeigbe was a “deadly drunkard” who did not cater for the welfare of his wife and child.
“My lord, for the eight years of my being in this relationship, I have no known happiness because Ajeigbe keeps bringing me anguish, stress, and disgrace.
‘Anytime he consumes beer, he vomits and defecates in the entire sitting room such that the offensive odour has contaminated the entire house.
“I have had to wash the sitting room and the surroundings again and again, but now I am frustrated.
“I had once abandoned his home and he came to meet me again at my rented apartment.
“Worst still, Ajeigbe tortures the child and I with extreme hunger and lack of care.
“I have been personally responsible for the child’s care till date as his addiction to beer has hampered any progress he might make,” Ajibike said.
Ajiegbe could not deny any of the allegations but rejected the divorce claim.
However, Ajeigbe burst into tears and walked out of the court even when the Odunade had not completed the judgment.
The respondent’s melo-drama sparked off laughter and astonishment not only to the court workers but also to observers.