A 47-year-old businessman, Rufus Otegbola, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, that his wife, Funmilayo, is “a serial divorcee.”
Rufus, who urged the court to dissolve his 13-year marriage to Funmilayo for alleged adulterous acts, told the court that he was the fifth husband of the respondent.
“My wife is adulterous and a serial divorcee. She had married and divorced four husbands before I married her.
Rufus said his wife packed out of their matrimonial home without his consent; adding, “My parents-in-law and my wife’s siblings came to my house to pack my wife’s property without my permission”
He urged the court to end the marriage, saying he was no longer in love with her.
In her response, Funmilayo, 42, and a businesswoman, said her husband was an “unrepentant polygamist.”
“My husband deceived me. He did not tell me that he had three wives before marrying me.
“He impregnated me and hurried me into his house without legal marriage.
“I discovered that he already had three wives living with him and there was nothing I could do since I was pregnant. I had to stay.”
Funmilayo said Rufus had also turned her into a punching bag.
“My husband beats me all the time and even when I was pregnant, he beat hell out of me.
“I fell into labour immediately, forcing the delivery of the baby.
“As a result of the frequent beating, on May 9, 2016, I packed my belongings out of his house and moved back to my parents’ house.”
Funmilayo further described Rufus as “an ungrateful person.”
“When he lost his job, I was the one feeding him with his wives and their children and I was also paying the school fees of our children and those of my step children,” she said.
The mother of four, however, consented to the dissolution of the marriage, saying “I am also fed up with the union.”
In his judgment, President of the court, Mr. Akin Akinniyi, noted that the estranged couple was tired of the marriage, as all efforts to reconcile them had failed.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court pronounced the marriage between Mr. Rufus Otegbola and Mrs. Funmilayo Otegbola dissolved today. Both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances or molestation,” Akinniyi ruled