A 36-year-old businessman, Mr Abayomi Akintola, may lose his 12-year-old marriage to his wife, Taiwo, for absconding with her maid.
The petitioner, Mrs Taiwo Akintola, told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos that her husband was having an affair with her maid, which has threatened her marriage.
“My husband abandoned me and the children eight-month ago and absconded with my maid.
“I don’t even know that he was sleeping with my maid until after their disappearance that my children told me that the maid used to sleep with their father on our bed whenever I traveled.
“I noticed that the girl suddenly became insolent, whenever I asked her to do a chore, she would look at me in the eye and tell me that she was tired.
“Whenever I threatened to take her back to my village, my husband would threaten to deal with me.
“I later got a tip-off from one of his friends that my husband rented another accommodated in Oju-Elegba where he and my maid are living.
“When I challenged him on phone and asked why he absconded with our maid, he told me that our maid was wonderful, I still don’t understand what he meant,” the mother of three said.
The 34-year-old trader accused her husband of killing their fourth baby through battery.
“My husband killed our baby when he beat the hell out of me two days to my delivery. When I was finally delivered of the baby, he was dead as he was confirmed to have been wounded while in my womb due to the battering,” the estranged wife said.
She begged the court to end the marriage that she was no longer in love with Abayomi.
Mr Abayomi Akintola, however, said that his wife was violent in nature and that she had broken his car windscreen on four occasions.
He said that his wife was having an affair with a man in her church that she used his money to buy a tricycle for him.
“Last March, my wife begged me for N500,000 that her mother wanted to undergo an operation which I gave to her.
“I later got an information that her mother never went for any surgery that she added that N500,000 to the money she was saving to buy a tricycle for her lover,” he said.
The respondent said that he rented a two bedroom flat for his wife’s maid because his wife was making life miserable for her. He said that his wife wanted to be controlling him.
“Taiwo nags a lot, she does not listen to me, she accuses me wrongly, she always wants to do what pleases her and not what I want.
“I left the house for her for me to have peace of mind,” he said.
The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to June 6 for further hearing.