A trader, Mrs Happiness Ama, who could no longer tolerate constant beating of her mother by her husband, on Thursday sought to end her marriage.
Happiness, 41, approached an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, saying that her husband, Jerry, with whom she had three children in their 21-year-old marriage, turned her mother into a punching bag.
She said, “My husband beats my mother regularly; the police have warned him to stop the assault but he continued.”
She also alleged that her husband had threatened to kill her if she left him.
She said, “My husband always threatens me; there was a day he brought out a cutlass telling me that he would cut off my head if I left.
“He also threatened to pour acid on me so that no man would be attracted to me. Due to his threat, I can no longer sleep with my two eyes closed.
“I have not been at peace since l got married; he is quarrelsome and violent.”
The petitioner said that their marriage had been ridden with fights and quarrels.
She said, “I am tired of the beating he gives to me and my mother. I have scars all over my body as a proof of his abuse; I am scared; I don’t want to die.”
She urged the court to terminate the marriage, saying that she was no longer interested.
She said, “Since the inception of our marriage, my husband never paid house rent nor his children’s school fees.
“Save me from the cruel hands of my husband; I have suffered so much in silence.”
Jerry, 60, failed to appear in court.
The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, directed the court registrar to serve the respondent summons.
He adjourned the case till Oct. 11 for mention.