An Ibadan-based fashion designer, Opeyemi Bakare, has told a customary court in Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State that her husband of 13 years, Olawale, pushed her into having an affair because of his nagging and threats.
Opeyemi, who lives in Olunde, Ibadan, also told the court that Olawale beats her.
“I confess that I have an affair with men. At first, whenever men asked for my number, I gave them my husband’s phone number so that they would not approach me again.”
“However, when Olawale’s attitude became aggressive, I had to look for another man who could take good care of me and who would not expose me to hunger and thirst.”
“When he got to know that I was dating another man, Olawale poured petrol on me with the intention to burn me alive, but he couldn’t lay his hands on matches at that time. Maybe I would have been dead by now.”
“Besides, he doesn’t respect my mother,” she alleged.
The defendant, however, denied the allegations.
He objected to the divorce suit.
“She also nags and insults me, using unprintable names. I informed her parents about her waywardness.
“I make sure I provide for her and my three children. For the sake of the children, please don’t divorce us,” Olawale pleaded.
The court President, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage, citing threat to life as the reason.
He awarded custody of the three children to the petitioner and ordered the defendant to pay N15,000 as monthly feeding allowance for the children in addition to being responsible for their education and welfare.