Monday, August 07, 2017

Woman asks court to dissolve her marriage due to husband's violence after smoking hemp

A 24- year- old marriage, was on Thursday dissolved by an Igando Customary Court, due to domestic violence.

The couple Kudirat Sodiq a public bar operator,  and her husband, Waidi Sodiq, had their marriage brought to an end due to incessant beating and threat to life.

The case was instituted by the wife, who accused the husband of wanting to kill her.

Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, while delivering his judgement said the petitioner had insisted that the marriage be brought to an end despite mediation by the court and family members.

“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the husband still claims he loves his wife.

“The court pronounce the marriage between Kudirat Sodiq and Waidi Sodiq dissolved today, both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Omilola ruled.

Kudirat, 44, had begged the court to dissolve her 24-year old marriage.

“My husband is always threatening to kill me and suffocate me to death with a pillow.
“I am always afraid to sleep at home and because of the threat, I ran away from the house I built and relocated just to save my life.
“Waidi left scars on my body as he always bites me whenever we fight and he will not leave me until he sees blood coming out from the wound.
“Last May, he came to my shop, saying that he would kill me, he smashed a bottle of beer on the ground and wanted to stab me on the neck.
“I used my hand to dodge it and the bottle cut me on my right hand, blood was gushing out but my neighbours rushed me to the hospital.”

Kudirat also said that her husband was in the habit of chasing away her customers, accusing her of infidelity.

The mother of four presented as exhibit a recording of her husband’s voice threatening to kill her, and picture of her injured hand.

The woman also accused Waidi of attempting to sell her house.

According to her, Waidi always drinks to stupor and smokes Indian hemp, after which he usually loses self-control.

The wife said she no longer have any emotion or love for the husband and urged the court to dissolve the marriage.

Waidi, on the other hand, insisted that his wife was having extra marital affairs.

“I got to her shop and met her with a man who placed his legs on her table while my wife was cutting his nails,” he told the court.

The respondent, 47, who is a transporter, said that he had stopped smoking weeds and drinking alcohol for some weeks.

Waidi also denied ever threatening to kill his wife, and said he injured her with a bottle by mistake.

The husband pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage as requested by Kudirat as he still loves her.


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