75-Year-Old Seeks Divorce Over Wife’s Alleged Battery

Fashola Fakorede, 75, yesterday [Nov. 21] urged an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage to his wife, Funke, 49, for alleged battery.
Fakorede told the court that his wife had turned him into a punching bag and also inflicted injuries on him. 
He said:

My wife wants to kill me, she beats me every day, I don’t want to die now, save my life. My wife always beat me if I asked for food or anything. She has turned it to a routine. All the scars on my body is as a result of her battery on me.
Fakorede said his wife no longer takes care of him, adding:
She goes out and returns home at will without seeking my permission. She can go out for days and if I queried her, she would hit me with any dangerous weapon she could lay her hand on at that moment.
And my daughter is also following her footstep. She brings home different men and my wife will not query her. So, I sent her away from my house.
He urged the court to dissolve the union, saying he was no longer in love with her and was tired of the regular battery, which had led to his ill-health.
Funke, a trader, denied the allegations, saying that she did not beat her husband and always took good care of him and respected him. The mother of three, however, accused her husband of denying his children the right to go to school.
She said:
My husband is unable to send any of his three children to secondary school. My husband is not responsible. None of our children went to secondary school; all of them stopped schooling at primary school.
She and urged the court not to grant his wish as she still loved him. “I have nowhere to go as no man will want to marry me at my age,” she said.
The court president, Mr R. I. Adeyeri, adjourned the case to November 25 for further hearing.

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