An Islamic cleric Ganiyu Salami, on Thursday, approached an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, to end his 40-year-old marriage to his wife, Halimatu, for allegedly denying him sex and threatening his life.
Salami told the court that his wife and mother of his eight children had denied him his matrimonial rights by failing in her conjugal duties.
The petitioner said that his wife fought him frequently over little issues.
The 59-year-old man also accused his wife of threatening to kill him.
The embittered petitioner further alleged that his wife turned their children against him, that she once ordered their firstborn to beat him up.
Salami claimed that Halimatu gave out their daughters in marriage without his knowledge and consent, and that he had never met any of his sons-in-law.
He said that his wife was after the property he inherited from his late father.
He begged the court to terminate the marriage so that he can have peace, live long and enjoy life.
The respondent, however, admitted denying her husband sex.
The 52-year-old trader denied ordering their son to beat her husband.
She also denied giving anyone charm to kill her husband and also said she never attempted to stab him with a bottle.
Halimatu rejected claims that she tried to sell the land her husband bought for her.
She consented to the dissolution of their marriage saying she was no longer interested.
The president of the court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, urged the couple to maintain peace.
Koledoye adjourned the case until Aug. 20, for judgment, NAN reports.