Cleric seeks dissolution of marriage over threat to life


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Bamidele Asimiyu, an Islamic cleric, on Wednesday sought from an Ile-Tuntun Customary Court in Ibadan, the dissolution of a 24-year-old marriage between him and his wife, Idiat.

He said his prayer was based on threat to his life by his wife, adding that Idiat was also extravagant.

Narrating his ordeal, Bamidele said that his wife was making every attempt to terminate his life.

“Ever since I married  Idiat, I have moved from one problem to another and from one liability to another.

“When she was carrying her first pregnancy, Idiat suddenly woke me up one midnight threatening to commit suicide by stabbing herself to death, if I ever imagine marrying another wife.

“Idiat did this despite the fact that she is aware that I have nothing forbidden me from marrying as much as four wives.

“Due to the nature of my job, I stay mostly in Lagos state and each time I return to Ibadan, friends and family bombard me with series of atrocities committed by my wife, ranging from fighting to huge debt.

“I was shock one day, when I was informed by my relatives that Idiat was making quick preparation to sell off my house in Ibadan.

“On getting home, I discovered that she had used my house as collateral for an undisclosed amount she took as loan from a micro-finance bank and had subsequently squandered the money.

“I also understand that the micro-finance bank is taking all measures to sell off the house.

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“My lord, I have done everything humanly possible to ensure that there is lasting peace, but Idiat has equally worked to frustrate my effort due to jealousy and the insatiable attitude in her.

“Worst still, the least in her attitudes is sexual immorality,” Bamidele said.

However, Idiat who opposed the divorce was silent on the allegations leveled against her.

She instead prayed the court not to put an end to the marriage because of the four children the union produced.

The President of the court, Mr Henric Agbaje, said there the court needed to obtain more evidence to arrive at a more sound judgment.

Agbaje, therefore, asked the two parties to produce more evidence in support of their argument on April 26, when the case would come up for judgment.

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