“He hid in the toilet while they attacked me and our children” – Nigerian woman seeks divorce from her husband after he hid himself in the toilet during a robbery attack in their house

Identified as Asiata Oladejo is a Nigerian woman whom on Wednesday, August 3, asked a Mapo customary court in Ibadan, Oyo state, to grant her a divorce from her husband Abidemi for being a ‘coward’ during a robbery attack in their home.

From her reports, her husband had abadoned her and their children to the mercy of robbers who stormed their house in the night.

Asiata told the court that her husband hid inside the toilet during the armed robbery attack, leaving her to handle the robbers’ attacks.

“My Lord, I am yet to recover from the shock I experienced when a gang of thieves caused uproar in our house.

He (husband) hid in the toilet; leaving me panting in front of the robbers who terrorised the entire residents of the house.

My lord, when the thieves arrived at around 1am, my husband was nowhere to be found to defend the children and I.

He hid in the toilet. He came out when they had gone and he wants us to continue living in that house.” She said.

In his defense, her husband, Abidemi, accused his wife of being ill-tempered.

He added that she comes to his office unannounced to cause him trouble always.

His words read;

”It is true that I hid in the toilet when armed robbers attacked our house.

All the attempts I made to bring her back home failed because she said she was unnecessarily scared.”

He however begged that the court rules in his favour and grants him custody of their children because according to him, he has been a responsible father.

The court ruled in Asiata’s favour as they granted custody of the three children to her, noting that she was in the best position to cater for them.

Mrs S. M. Akintayo who heads the court however granted an order to restrain Asiata from threatening, harassing and interfering in the private life of Abidemi.

Mrs. Akintayo’s verdict read;

“Both petitioner and respondent shall be responsible for the education and other welfare of the children.

In addition, Abidemi shall pay a monthly feeding allowance of N20,000 for the children’s upkeep. Both of you must maintain peace and order.”

The court also judged that there is no marriage to devolve between them as their marriage was not in line with the customary laws of Nigeria.




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