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Businessman seeks divorce over alleged ill treatment by wife



A 59-year-old businessman, Isaac Nwakalor, on Thursday pleaded with an Upper Area Court sitting in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, to dissolve his marriage over alleged ill treatment by his wife.

Nwakalor also told the court to dissolve the union because his wife, Blessing, who is a public servant has failed in her duty as a wife.

He further told the court that his wife’s attitude towards him has “killed the love he has for her and can never love her again.

According to Nwakalor, he married her sometime in 1991 and the union produced six surviving children, five adults and one minor.

He said that the respondent is irresponsible, treats him badly and always threatened his life through his children.

“She has refused to give me peace. She is in the habit of threatening my life by inciting our first child.

“My first son always threaten that he will put me in a place where I will not see the sun again forever if anything happens to her , especially in a heated argument with his mother(respondent),

“He also molested me, even to the point I once filed a direct criminal complaint against my son at the Chief Magistrates Court, Mararaba, where he undertook never to do it again,” Nwakalor said.

Nwakalor also stated that he had suffered several maltreatment from Blessing, as she had refused to give him the right and respect due to him in the marriage.

“Before she move out of my house in 2017, she denied me my conjugal right and even when I insisted, she would demand money ranging from N5, 000 to N50,000 from me before accepting.

“At some point in time, she left the house with our three months baby and returned with him in a critical ill condition in 2007, but he later died.

Blessing is in the habit of locking me outside. Infact, the issue has taken us to the police station, severally.

“She collects utility bills from my tenants without my knowledge and consent,” Nwakalor added.

The petitioner told the court that he has reported all the respondent misbehavour to her father, but failed to intervene in the marriage as such he is no longer interested in the marriage.

“I am pleading with this honourable court to dissolve this marriage and grant me custody of all my children.

”I also pray the court to order her to vacate my property at No.1 Zico Street, Mararaba, Nasarawa State.

“Her family should be compelled to return the bride price I paid on her,” Nwakalor said.

The respondent, however, denied all the allegations.

After listening to the submissions, the judge, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, adjourned the case until June 17 for hearing and consideration of settlement.