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‘After four children, my husband of 31 years still beats me till I bleed’


A woman, Justina Bassey, has got her wishes that her 31-year marriage to one Evans be dissolved on drunkenness, maltreatment and threat to life grounds as the Oja Oba/ Mapo Court C Customary Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has ruled that both parties go their separate ways.

The court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, heard how Evans made Justina’s life miserable with his drinking, irresponsibility and indifference to her welfare and that of their four children.

Justina told the court that her husband, apart from being a drunk, treated her as his maid and was in the habit of beating her always.

She added that Evans still beats her at the slightest provocation despite buying him a motorcycle and building the house they reside in with her earnings.

“My lord, please don’t let my husband kill me,” Justina begged the court. “He has a friend who is a herbalist and he boasts every day that he has sought his friend’s assistance to kill me.

“Evans is self-centred. He has never shown any concern for me and our children. He shows no interest in our welfare. He cares only for himself.

“There is no rapport between my husband and me. We hardly discuss in the home. He treats me like his slave and will always beat me till I bleed.

“He is in the habit of borrowing money from me but would fail to pay me back. Any time I asked for my money, he would go irate and fight me.

“Evan spends his income on alcohol. He would drink till he was drunk and stagger home.

“I bought him a motorcycle for commercial purpose, but he failed to make a living from this.

“My husband till date don’t how our children got enrolled in school and how much they paid as school fees.  I’m the one who had always borne the responsibility of their education.

“Rather than show our children love and care, he took to maltreating them.

“He always insists that I buy him anything I buy for myself, most especially clothes. Hell was always let loose any time I refused.

“My lord, I’m the one who built the house we are living in. He didn’t contribute a dime towards the building.

“I’ve suffered enough in the hands of my husband. My mind is made up on divorce.

“I appeal to this court to end our marriage and rule that he moves out of my house,” she concluded.

Evans refused to admit to divorce. He denied all the allegations brought before him by his wife but admitted to beating her once.

“My lord, despite the fact that all Justina had said are lies, I pray this court not to dissolve our marriage,” Evans prayed the court.

“I built the house we are living in. I bought the land we built the house on in the name of one of our children who is an only son, Victor, but Justina later changed the name on the agreement paper to hers.

“It is true that I beat her but this was only once in the 34 years that we have been married. It was unfortunate that her nose got broken while I was punching her.

“I brought Justina from the village, but she has now grown wings and wants to divorce me after I fed and established her in a business.

“We have a tradition which must be strongly adhered to when it comes to an issue like divorce. Our differences can’t be iron out in this court. We have to go back to the village.

“I’m the one feeding my family. I give my wife N3,000 to cook for the home for five days, that is between Monday and Friday, and N1,500 for the weekend,” he stated.

Giving his judgment after he had heard both parties, the court president, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved their union.

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He granted custody of their last child to the plaintiff. According to him, the first three were old enough to decide where they wanted to stay.

The defendant was mandated to give their last child N5,000 every month as feeding allowance.

He was also asked to be responsible for her education.

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Odunade also ordered him to always make himself available any time she is in need of medical attention.