After several adjournments for possible settlement between Theresa George and her husband, Augustine George, a three-man panel of judges led by Mr Ramoni Lafenwa, of Grade ‘C’ customary court, Inalende, Ibadan,Oyo State, has dissolved their 25-year-old marriage.
The plaintiff, Teresa, a 37-year-old trader who filed a divorce suit against her husband, Augustine George. Teresa said she got married as a virgin to Augustine about 25 years ago, adding that there was due payment of dowry.
The marriage is also blessed with five children whose ages are between 18 and six years.
“I want to divorce my husband because anytime we want to attend vigil in church, he would not allow me and the children. He gets intoxicated and sometimes sniffs snuffs.” The plaintiff said further that any time Augustine gets drunk, he beats her. “He doesn’t care for his household,” Theresa told the court.
Aside the claims made earlier by Theresa, she further told the court that her husband instigated their landlord to send her out from the rented stop and afterwards, sent her out of the house. Theresa further said she later found a means to rent another shop in Bodija.
“One of my children needed money to write an examination and her father (Augustine) asked her to come and collect it from me, not knowing that it was a ploy by Augustine to know my new shop because up till then, I deliberately kept the location secret from him so that he would not continue to haunt me. My Lord sirs, I am tired of his several threats.”
Teresa explained that she had reported the cases of threats to life and perpetual drunkenness to Augustine’s siblings but one of the brothers once quipped: “You have not seen anything yet, he has just begun (drinking).”
The court observed that the defendant has been absent from the court intentionally and that there was no more love between the couple.
The court, having seen this, ruled that the defendant should take care of the children’s education, health and financial needs.
CULLED FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNE