A businesswoman, Monsurat Ogundipe, has urged an Agege Customary Court in Lagos State to dissolve
her 14-year-old marriage to her husband, Sheriff, due to denial of sex and lack of love.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the petitioner, who resides at Ijaiye Street, Abule Egba
area of Lagos, told the court that she was no longer interested in the union.
“My husband is irresponsible; he is a chronic liar and has denied me sex for over two years”. “He is a
drunkard, who drinks to stupor and misbehaves and this usually leads to shame and embarrassment for
me and our children” She testified.
“I can no longer bear the emotional and verbal torture I suffer in his hands”.
“My husband is fond of saying he is not going to send me packing and that when l am tired, l will move
out without being told,” she said.
The mother of three, who admitted that her husband does not beat her, claimed that the emotional
abuse had been unbearable. My husband frustrates my efforts and brings in different women into our
matrimonial home without any form of respect for me.
“He is not caring and lacks respect for the institution of marriage; please separate us, I can no longer
live with him,” she told the court.
The respondent admitted that he denied his wife sex and also urged the court to dissolve their marriage.
“I try my best to cater for my family but my wife is never satisfied,” he said. The respondent also
described the petitioner as arrogant and unwilling to be submissive to him. He further admitted that he
was engaged in relationship with other women because his wife refused to have sex with him.
“She wants to usurp my authority in the house and has no respect for me” he said.