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An Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on Thursday intervened and saved a 39-year-old marriage between Ayinla Jimoh and his wife, Anike, for getting pregnant for her lover.
The court president, Adegboyega Omilola, successfully resolved the differences between the couple, after several adjournments.
While striking out the case, Omilola admonished the couple to maintain the peace and continue to live in love and harmony.
“Since the court was able to reconcile the couple through counselling, I urge both of you to go home and live in peace and love,” he said.
Ayinla Jimoh, 68, a welder, had filed an application to end his 39-year-old marriage to his 60-year-old wife, Anike, over alleged adultery.
Jimoh said his wife with whom he had seven children was adulterous, adding that it led to her being impregnated by another man, while still in his matrimonial home.
He said: “My wife left my house to an unknown destination and I did not know that she was pregnant until she gave birth later in her new man’s house,” he said.
Jimoh said he married another wife in 2013 after Anike left their matrimonial home for 14 years and refused to return.
He said: “I married another wife because our children that used to cook for me had all married and I was getting too old to cook for myself.
“It was after I had remarried that my wife returned and I still accommodated her.
“But I rejected the child she bore for another man, asking her to send the child back to her father.”
The petitioner said Anike had been fighting him and his second wife since she returned to their matrimonial home.
“Anike was always engaging my younger wife in physical fights on a daily basis and I am afraid she might kill her one day and she always slaps me whenever we have a heated argument,” he recalled.
Jimoh alleged that Anike would leave the house for weeks without his consent and that he was tired of having to repay her indebtedness to people she had borrowed money from.
He, therefore, pleaded with the court for the dissolution of their 39-year-old marriage, saying there was no more love in the relationship.
However, Anike, the respondent, who did not deny the allegations, said she was pushed into the act because her husband was in the habit of constantly assaulting her.
“It was my husband that pushed me to finding solace and comfort in another man because he was always beating me,” she said.
The mother of seven, however, begged the court not to grant her husband’s application for divorce, saying she was still in love with him.