A Customary Court at Igando, near Lagos on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of one Ganiyat Falana, 37, because of adultery. Ganiyat and Dare Falana were until the dissolution of the union, married for 15 years. Delivering judgment, the President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner had insisted on divorce after several interventions.
“The court pronounced the marriage between Dare Falana and Ganiyat Falana dissolved today, both parties, henceforth; cease to be husband and wife,” Omilola ruled.
Dare, 40, a businessman, had approached the court, seeking the dissolution of the marriage because of infidelity and threats to his life. The estranged man, who described his wife as adulterous, claimed to have caught her with a man friend in his room chatting and eating. “I came back home to pick something in the morning and I met my wife with her lover inside our room eating food bought from an eatery.
“My wife is always threatening my life with dangerous weapons as she chased me with knife in our street to stab me. She is a good fighter. Her hobby is fighting. I have on at least five occasions bailed her at the police station. She fights with friends, neighbours, even in the church and I had to leave that church for her because of this shameful act,” said Dare.
Ganiyat, however, described Dare as fetish, claiming that he had killed the foetus in her womb. “He gave me Suya to eat when I was eight months pregnant and the baby in my womb started to breath faster, I rushed to the hospital but delivered a still birth,” she said.
A mother of three, Ganiyat, who did not object to the dissolution, told court that her husband was fetish. “I saw my bra inside my husband’s brief case, I queried him but he said he wanted to take it to his church for prayers. He also brought a handkerchief home and gave it to me to clean my private part and return to him but I refused. “He has been bringing home different types of soup and other liquids for me to drink which I also refused because I do not trust him.”
“Apart from his fetish nature, he has also turned me to a punching bag.’’ She said that her husband had always blamed her for his predicaments.