On Wednesday, September 7, Mrs Magaret 45 year old woman told an Igando customary court in Lagos, that her husband, Onu sometimes strips her naked and beat her up to unconsciousness, in fact her husband turned her to a punching bag.
She discovered that her husband was not what he made her and her parents believe he was when she got to the city and also accused her husband of absconding with all their five children 16 years ago.
Margaret urged the court to help her to return the N600 bride price paid by her husband and dissolve the marriage of 33 year old.
Read her statements:
“He once punched me in my stomach and I lost my first pregnancy after a fight. I have lived every minute of my life in fear but I cannot go back to my parents because of the bride price.”
“When I was 12 years old, my husband came to my village to ask for my hand in marriage with a promise to my parents that he would send me to school.
“He also lied to my parents that he is a businessman that he owned a provision store and that he lived in a flat. “My parents told him that they cannot release me for marriage because I was too young and besides I was still schooling. “Onu told my parents that he will send me to school after the marriage, my parent agreed and he paid the bride price.”
“When I got to his house, I discovered that he was staying in one-room apartment, selling popcorn at the roadside. “He also refused to fulfil his promise of sending me to school.”
“When I called him after he packed out, he just told me that he was no longer interested in the marriage and since then he refused to pick my calls. “His relations told me he relocated with the children to Port Harcourt. It is 16 years now that I have not seen nor heard from them. “I heard that my husband gave our first daughter’s hand in marriage without my knowledge and that she had given birth to a son.”
“I am no longer in love and I want to move on with my life.”
The President of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, dissolved the marriage by saying that, it was obvious that the marriage had hit the rocks. “Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent refused to honour court summons, therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the union.
“The marriage between Margaret Agwu and Onu Agwu is hereby dissolved from today, both parties are no longer husband and wife. “Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” he concluded.