A 67-year old man, Aliu Kareem, has narrated before the Igando Customary Court in Lagos his bitter experience with his wife, Khadijat, who reportedly subjected him to inhuman treatment by chaining him inside house like a household animal.
PM Express reports that the incident happened at their residence at No. 7, Steven Igbasan Street, off Egan Isuti Road, Lagos, where they reside.
The embittered Kareem told the Court that his wife, Khadijat, started misbehaving from the point he retired having invested all his money with her in business.
The petitioner said, “When I was working, she was taking good care of me.
Immediately I retired, she no longer cared for me and on one occasion, she instigated one of our children to beat me up because of petrol. Before I retired, I had opened three shops for her. All the money I invested in the business is now her own. I spent all I had on her and her children. But today, I am suffering”.
“She comes in and goes out anytime she likes. There was a day she wanted to take the vehicle out and I told her not to; she instead went out to buy a chain and locked me inside the house.”
“I don’t love her anymore. For the past seven years we have not been sleeping together. I want the Court to dissolve our marriage and I want the Court to order her to give me my landed properties and the N300,000 I invested in her business” he said.
Khadijat denied most of Kareem’s allegations, saying, “I always come back early. It was only one day that I locked him in. I have never instigated the children to disrespect him. I did not collect any money from him and the shop receipt was in my name, he only added more to my capital”.
The Court President, Barrister Koledoye Festus Adeniyi, dissolved the marriage and ordered the respondent to return all the petitioner’s documents to him.