A 35-year-old man, Tayo Owoloye is asking the Igando Customary Court in Lagos State to grant him a divorce with his wife, Modinat on the grounds of infidelity evident in her social media activities.
In his appeal, he mentioned that he first perceived the extra-marital affairs in some chats the wife had on the instant messaging app, Whatsapp, with another man.
He added that his 11-year-old daughter equally informed him about the mother’s promiscuity extending to their matrimonial home.
He said, “I once saw her love-chat on WhatsApp with a man called Timothy, when I queried her, she quickly deleted those messages. I reported her to her two eldest sisters.
“She is also having an affair with another man, called Stanley. Modinat came to my mother’s burial in Ondo State and left that same day, I later discovered that she came with Stanley and both of them lodged in a hotel that day.”
“I was still in my village when Modinat called that she was sick and admitted, I rushed to Lagos the following day and I was told by the nurses that a man came to pass the night with her whom I later discovered to be Stanley.
“When I confronted Stanley, he confessed that he is in a relationship with my wife but begged for forgiveness.
“I decided to know more about Stanley so I searched for him on Facebook, I saw pictures of him and my wife which was taken inside our bedroom and on our bed.”
Owoloye presented to the court, printed pictures from Stanley’s Facebook page, as evidence.
He further stated that he moved out of his house after a misunderstanding with his wife and has not returned ever since.
He said, “there was a day we had a misunderstanding and she got me arrested; at the police station, I was asked to give an undertaking that I will not return to my house, till today I have not gone home.
“Two weeks after I left the house, my wife changed her marital status on Facebook from married to divorce and also changed her surname to her maiden name.
“Our neighbours called to tell me that Stanley always comes to pass the night in our house, confirming our 11-year-old daughter’s earlier affirmation.”
Owoloye further alleged his wife of threatening to kill him.
The accused, Modinat, who welcomed the divorce suit, also counter-accused the husband of infidelity too.
She said, “My husband had been cheating on me without my knowledge; I got to know last week when I went to his family’s house, where I met his new wife and a baby of about six-month-old.”
Denying the accusations placed by her husband, she said, “I sell watermelon, Timothy is my customer while Stanley comes to assist me in my shop.
“The picture of Stanley and I that my husband saw on social media was taken in the sitting room, not a bedroom as he claimed.
“Stanley came to stay with me when I was admitted at the hospital because my husband travelled for his mother’s burial and there was nobody to stay with me.”
She stated that her husband is a wife-beater and frequently beats her up.
She said, “My husband is a wife-beater, he once beat me that I lost a pregnancy, and I have several scars on my body due to his frequent beatings.
“On one fateful day, he beat me, tore my clothes and pushed me out of the house naked. Our neighbours clothed me, I went to the police station to report the matter and he was invited. When the police asked me what I wanted, I said I needed space, that he should leave the house for me for some time upon which he was asked to give an undertaking that he would give me space as I requested. ”
The Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, after listening to the couple adjourned the case until September 26, for judgment. he urged them to maintain peace till then