A woman has told the Igando Customary Court in Lagos that her husband beat her to a pulp after she caught him with another woman in a hotel.
Mrs Isoboye told the court that her husband, Christopher, has been unfaithful to her and shows has not shown any remorse, urging it to dissolve the marriage.
The petitioner, who resides in Ikotun, also asked the court to grant her the custody of the children.
Christopher did not show up in court nor respond to her claims and ignored her.
In his ruling, the President of the Court, Koledoye Adeniyi, held that Christopher refused to appear in court to defend himself.
“It is very sad that the petitioner was subjected to such maltreatment and traumatic experience by the respondent. The marriage was faulty ab initio because the respondent is not a responsible man but a gold digger.
“If the petitioner’s evidence is anything to go by, then the respondent was never willing to be responsible in his duties as a husband and a father as he left every responsibility in the hands of his mother-in-law, who is well to do.
“Above all, it is doubtful whether he actually loved his wife. This makes the marriage fraudulent as the respondent is only interested in his mother-in-law’s wealth.
“If the respondent could be involved in extra-marital affairs with impunity, it is an indication that he did not love his wife, which is evident in his violence against his wife,” he said.
The President of the court further held that the petitioner should be given custody of the two children.
He also ordered Christopher to give the petitioner N20,000 monthly for her upkeep and also grant unhindered access to the children at a place to be mutually agreed by the parties involved.
He also ordered that the respondent pay N200,000 as severance allowance, which should be paid through the court.
“Any violation of this judgment would be regarded as contempt to the Court and shall attract six months imprisonment without an option of fine,” he held.
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