It was a show of shame at an Ibadan Customary Court when husband and wife who had been married for 20 years displayed immaturity in counter accusations in a divorce filed by Mr. Ibrahim Gbadamosi.
While the wife accused the husband of being â€œâ€¦a criminal, a serial pickpocket. I did not know I am married to a thief,â€ the husband who filed for divorce accused the wife of infidelity.
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Mary who is married to Ibrahim 20 years ago said her husband deceived her to be a businessman unknown to her that he was a criminal.
â€œNeither Ibrahim nor his friends told me that he was a criminal until he was jailed at Ile-Oluji in Ondo State.
â€œThere was a time I sold some of my property to secure his bail until I got to know that he was a serial pickpocket.
â€œMy Lord, Ibrahim is yet to pay my bride price,â€ she also told the court.
Gbadamosi had approached a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan seeking the dissolution of the union. He accused her of infidelity and masterminding an attempt to kidnap one of his children.
Marry added, â€œMy husband is a thief and not a businessman as he claimed.
â€œMy Lord, although, I have agreed to part ways with Ibrahim, I must reveal some `hidden truthsâ€™ about this man that calls himself a businessman.
â€œI never knew what he was doing for a very long time and I became very uncomfortable with his lifestyle.
â€œAll I knew was that security operatives used to come and arrest him and his friends used to run from one place to another to gather money for his release.â€
The estranged wife, who said she would not object to the request of her husband for the dissolution of the marriage, described it as good riddance to bad rubbish.
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â€œHe doesnâ€™t worth it; let him go,â€ Mary said.
Earlier, Ibrahim, who resides at Soka area of Ibadan, told the court that his wife let him down in his time of â€œtrouble and persecutionâ€.
He regretted that his wifeâ€™s situation degenerated to the extent of her becoming a prostitute.
â€œThis hit me like a big stick. I can confirm to this honourable court that our landlordâ€™s younger brother impregnated her and had been sleeping with her ever since.
â€œMoreover, Mary usually launch attacks on me with the intention of inflicting bodily injuries or even terminating my life.
â€œAs if that was not enough, Mary and our first child conspired to kidnap my child given birth to by my second wife.
â€œThe matter was reported at the police station where they were both made to sign an undertaking never to involve in kidnapping again,â€ he said.
Ibrahim, who said he was incarcerated for 16 months for importing contraband, alleged that Mary did not visit his shop, thereby allowing all the goods to rust.
â€œPlease, this honourable court should allow her daughter to be with her. I am ready to give her anything she wants on a monthly basis to cater for her.â€
The President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunade, while adjourning the case to Nov. 28, asked the couple to continue to be of good behaviour.
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