A Customary Court sitting in Igando, Lagos State on Tuesday dissolved the five-year marriage between Chukwuma Onwumere and his wife, Obianuju.
The union was dissolved over the threat to the petitioner’s life as the respondent was accused of twisting his testicles anytime they had a fight.
The president of the court, Moses Akinniyi, delivering his final verdict, said the estranged couple was tired of the marriage, adding that all efforts to reconcile them had failed.
He said, “Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court pronounced the marriage between Mr. Chukwuma Onwumere and Mrs. Obianuju Onwumere dissolved today (Tuesday); both parties, henceforth, cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance and molestation.”
Chukwuma had earlier told the court that his wife was a threat to his life.
He said, “My wife had wanted to kill me by always grabbing my testicles anytime we were fighting.
“Apart from twisting my scrotum, she was always hitting me with dangerous weapons over trivial issues.
“She once cut me with a machete on my head during one of our fights.”
The 43-year-old petitioner said his wife was in the habit of going out and returning at will, adding that each time he cautioned her, she would engage him in a fight.
The woman, Obianuju, in her submission denied all the allegations leveled against her by the petitioner.
She said her husband was actually a threat to her life.
“My husband was always beating me; all the scars on my body were as a result of his battering. There was a day he beat me and one of my teeth went off.
“There was also a night while sleeping that I saw my husband with a charm in his hand, moving round my bed and reciting some incantations.
“I quickly stood up from the bed, but he left my room and placed the charm at my doorstep,’’ the 34-year-old woman said.
The mother of two said her husband moved her belongings to her village on the allegation that she had witchcraft.
“My husband took my property to my parents, saying that he was told by a spiritualist that I am a witch.
“He told my parents that he was no longer interested in our marriage,” she said.