By Raji Rasak
Badagry – A housewife, Rukayat Jamiu, 27, on Friday, prayed a Badagry Customary Court, to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage, alleging that her husband Kareem, constantly threatens to kill and cut her into piece with his cutlass.
Rukayat, a fashion designer, who resides at No 3, Babasuru Close, Ilogbo, Badagry, also told the court that she could no longer tolerate his frequent beating, adding that there was no more love in the marriage.
“I met Kareem in 2006 when i was just 15 years of age, he approached me and promised to marry me.
“41 days after the birth of my first child, he beat me up with his belt. I had four children for Kareem,.
“The beating did not stop in spite of of the fact that I told his father about it,” she cried.
She alleged that Kareem was a womaniser and an alcoholic.
“One day, I took my son to visit my older sister in Badagry and we arrived home a little after 8 p.m.
“By the time we got home, my husband had locked up the house. But after much persuasion, he opened the door.
“Kareem woke me up in the middle of the night and threatened to kill and cut me into pieces with his cutlass
“He asked me to say last prayer. My children woke up and began to plead with him to save me from being cut into pieces.
“That day, i made up my mind not to continue with the marriage.
“My lord, enough is enough, i can no longer tolerate with his frequent beating, harassment and threat to life,” she said.
Kareem, 47, an electrician, who live in Oko-Afo denied beating his wife.
He said that he was fed up with Rukayat adulterous and drinking life, adding that he was no longer interested in the marriage.
The court’s President, Mr Sakirudeen Adekola, adjourned the case until Nov. 22, for further hearing, to give room for a peaceful settlement.