There was mild drama on Wednesday in a Dei-Dei Grade I Area Court in Abuja when a housewife, Sa’adatu Ayuba, prayed the court to disregard her earlier plea for divorce.
The petitioner, who sought divorce on grounds of impotence, said she married her husband Jalija 27 years ago.
”My Lord, although my husband refused to follow the court order for him to perform his duties as a man, I still love him,” she said.
Responding, Jalija said, ” My landlord gave us a quit notice, so she moved out of our home.
”I told her I wanted us to move from Dakwa because of transportation to my place of work, but she rented her own place and moved out on Dec.31.
“Since she told the court that I cannot perform my duties as her husband, the court should grant her request for divorce.
”I do not love her anymore, ” he said.
The judge, Saminu Suleiman, however, ordered Jalija to take his wife to where he lives, provide and take care of her according to his capabilities.
Sulieman also ordered the court police officer to accompany the couple to the respondent‘s residence to verify where he stays and adjourned the matter until Jan.26.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the petitioner had earlier approached the court for divorce claiming her husband stopped performing since he started having an affair with another woman.
“I got married when I was 16. I have never been with any other man but my husband, ” she said.