A 30-year-old marriage was on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 saved from collapse following the intervention of an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State.
Mr Sarafa Hassan, 60, and his wife Mrs Waliat Hassan, 49, were reconciled by the president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, who put them through a series of counselling sessions.
While striking out the case, Omilola implored the couple to go home and continue to love themselves and cohabit peacefully.
“I urge you both to go home and continue in love and peace,’’ he said.
Mr Hassan, a welder, had filed a suit for the dissolution of his 30-year-old marriage, claiming that his wife, a trader, was always threatening to kill him.
He said: “I received the tip off from a reliable source, warning me not to go home that my wife had set a trap for me to paralyse me, and a few minutes later, my wife called me several times to come home but I refused.
“She always hit me with dangerous weapons; she vowed to terminate my life and because of her threats, I ran away from the house I built and started sleeping in my shop.
“I have severally reported her to her family who always begged me to exercise patience that she will change but she never did.
“She always calls my new wife to tell her that she will become a widow soon,’’ he said.
The petitioner told the court that he married another woman to love and care for him when his wife’s attitude became unbearable.
He accused his wife of infidelity, with claims that she was having an affair with a landlord living on their street, adding that she was stealing from him.
However, Mrs Waliat Hassan, a 49-year-old mother of five denied all the allegations claiming that she had never threatened to kill her husband nor has she attacked him with any dangerous weapons.
She said: “How will I attempt to kill the father of my children? I can’t do that because it is my children that will suffer.’’
Mrs Hassan also denied having affairs with the landlord as alleged by her husband, saying that she had been faithful to her husband since their marriage.
She also told the court that she never threatened to kill her husband’s other wife, adding that she only told her husband not to bring the woman to their house.
Having defended herself, Mrs Hassan pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage as she was still in love with her husband.