by Hauwa Gambo

A 43-year-old man called Uchenna Nwosu desperately wants an Agege Customary Court in Lagos to end his eight-year marriage – despite the three children that it has produced.

The reasons are quite a list: she is disobedient, she nags, she “assaults” him publicly, and the clincher: the marriage started on the “wrong footing”.

According to Punch, the man told the court, “My wife is a very disobedient woman, she nags at every little thing I do. She disobeys me and also encourages the children to disobey me as well.

“That woman is a liar because she lied to me about her age. I found out when I was going through her school certificates.

“When I confronted her, she said I should mind my own business, that it is her life. To me, this is not marriage, this is hell.

“On May 28, 2011, she wanted to go out that evening but I was trying to persuade her not to go because her children needed her to prepare food for them. Instead of her to stay back, she left, giving the excuse that she had an important thing to attend to.

“When she came back, she met my children and I watching a programme on the television, the next thing she did was to switch off the television and asked me to return the money she lost because I delayed her from achieving what she went out to get. I saw that I couldn’t handle the situation again so I moved out.

“A month later, she came to my office to embarrass me. She tore my shirt in the public pretending to demand the children’s school fees. Due to this incident, the management asked me to resign.

“Before I got married to her, my family did not approve of our union, but I went ahead because of the love I had for her then but now, I can’t take it anymore, I want a divorce,” Uchenna pleaded.

However, Christiana refused to show up at any of the hearings at the Magistrate’s Court and the Customary Court.

Well, as the man says this is a woman who “assaults him in public”, the court should count itself lucky.