Man demands divorce over denial of sex
A driver with one of the new generation banks in the country, Anthony Obi, said yesterday that he would commit suicide if his plea for divorce was denied by the court.
Obi, 44, had pleaded with the Grade A Customary Court, Somolu, Lagos, to dissolve his eight-year-old marriage because his wife was starving him of sex.
The petitioner told the court that his wife, Ukamaka, 40, a housewife, often denied him sex since they got married in 2002.
"My wife has for over four months denied me sex. Although I loved her before, now I am not interested in the marriage.
"We are just like two strangers living together as we don’t have any common interest to sustain the family because we quarrel always.
"I have tolerated her but we don’t do anything together as husband and wife. I can no longer tolerate that,’’ Obi said.
He said though he did not suspect his wife of extra-marital affairs, she had not been taking care of him and their two children aged five years and nine months.
Obi claimed that he never had a sexual affair before marriage or extra-marital affair after he married Ukamaka.
Mrs. Josephine 0sae, counsel to both parties said all her efforts to reconcile the estranged couple proved abortive and therefore urged the court to dissolve the marriage.
"The case was filed on June 4, but since that time the respondent refused to comply with the petitioner’s wish.
"The petitioner has made up his mind to commit suicide if the court would not grant him his prayer," Osae said.
However, the respondent, Ukamaka, told the court that she would continue to deny her husband sex until he empowered her, saying she was fed up with being a housewife.
The Court President, Mrs. Modupe Bajulaiye, reprimanded the petitioner for saying he would commit suicide because of sex.
Bajulaiye, adjourned the case till August 9 for further hearing but advised the petitioner to allow both families to intervene.