From Victor Akinrujomu, Ondo
A 42-year-old man, Tope Akintan, has approached a Customary Court II, Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo state, seeking the dissolution of his 13-year-old marriage to his wife, Fatima Akintan ,over attempted suicide.
Tope, a Carpenter is urging the court to dissolve his 13-year-old marriage which has produced three children on the grounds of no rest of mind, no regard for family members and destroying of properties.
Other allegations leveled against her were provocation, fighting and no love.
In his explanation before the court, he said his wife had on several occasions attempted killing herself.
According to him, there was a mid- night he woke up and saw her with a knife. He asked her what she wanted to use it for, but she did not reply him.
He also added that, she took a local poison called” “fari-fari”, but she was revived after taking some herbal drugs that stopped the effect of the poison.
Tope explained further that, she had provoked him to anger most times due to frequent fight in the house which resulted into destroying his properties.
The petitioner adduced that she refused to prepare him food all because he was not having money to support her social meeting.
“What surprised me most was when I fell sick and I was unable to go out. My wife neglected me and never bothered to consider my health status.
“During this time I was receiving drip and could not eat but my wife never showed me care”
“If she can behave that way by now, that shows I don’t have a future with her” he said.
The petitioner urged the court to grant his request saying he is no more interested in the union.
In her defence, the respondent, Fatima Akintan , 37, denied all allegations levelled against her saying she had never taken any step to commit suicide.”Though there have been quarrels between us, I never attempted to kill my self.
“When he was sick, I asked about his health, but he shunned me and ordered me not to prepare anything for him because he accused me of being a witch
She urged the court to settle the matter saying she still loves her husband and she is willing to change from what he hates.
In his ruling, the president of the court, Mr Adefemi Adebusoye, said it is clearly observed that the petitioner is not interested in the marriage.
He added that the education and welfare of the children are the responsibilities of both parties.
Adebusoye, also added that the custody of Ayomide Akintan, (M) 12years and Fumilayo F( 9 years) will be granted to the petitioner, while Pamilerin, F (3years), will be with the mother until she attains the weaning stage.
He ordered the petitioner to pay the sum of N3,000 as cost of monthly feeding for Pamilerin.
He, however, said anyone not satisfied with the decision of the court should appeal within 30 days of the judgement.