Mrs Adeola Olalere has suddenly found herself in a corner she never thought about when she got married to Amidu Olalere.

The love they had for each other has disappeared and replaced with constant battery, forcing a court to put an end to their union on Tuesday.

Interventions by the court to save their 11-year-old marriage were unsuccessful so the Igando Customary Court in Lagos asked the couple to go their separate ways.

Adeola had told the court that her marriage to Amidu has been full or physical and psychological abuse.

“I have fainted seven times during frequent beatings by my husband and I was sometimes hospitalised and regained consciousness two or three days after.

“There was a day he dragged me outside, stripped me naked and descended on me, using me as a punching bag and did not stop until he saw blood coming out of my body.

“He is so rough, quarrelsome and violent in nature,” she said, informing the court that she was hospitalised at some point.

The mother of four said that her husband drinks to stupor and smokes hemp, after which he loses control.

“Whenever he brings his friends home to smoke and I complain, he will beat hell out of me and will not leave me until I faint,” she said.

Adeola, a 39-year-old trader alleged that her husband usually “collects money from me to give to his friends to buy hemp. If I refuse to give him, it is always war in the house’’.


She begged the court to terminate the marriage on the ground that she was no longer interested, adding that her husband might kill her one day.

“Please end this loveless marriage. I may not be lucky to regain consciousness next time my husband beats me to pulp,” she urged the court. 

Meanwhile, Amidu did not deny the allegation of battery.

“I beat her regularly because she is very stubborn and does not obey my orders.

“Anytime we have misunderstanding and I slap her, she retaliates and that makes me to get angry the more,” he said.

The embattled husband accused his wife of starving him of sex among other concerns.

Amidu, however, pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage, saying in spite of her shortcomings, he still loves her.

But his plea fell on deaf ears.

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In his judgment, the Court President, Akin Akinniyi, said that Adeola was adamant in seeking divorce.

“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the husband still claims he loves his wife.

“The court pronounced the marriage between Mrs Adeola Olalere and Mr Amidu dissolved today; both parties henceforth ceased to be husband and wife.

“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance and molestation,” Akinniyi said.