A pregnant fashion designer, Fatimah Shodunke, on Friday told an Agege Customary Court in Lagos that her husband always abandoned his matrimonial home whenever she was pregnant.
The 32-year-old mother of two, who resides on James Street, Ishaga, a Lagos suburb, made the allegation while responding to a divorce suit filed by her husband, Gbenga.
She also told the court that Gbenga wanted her to abort her second pregnancy but she refused.
“My refusal to abort my pregnancy made my husband to pack out of the house to an unknown destination without bothering about the welfare our first child and myself until l gave birth.
She added that Gbenga moved out of the house again in December, 2016, following her refusal to abort her third pregnancy.
Fatima submitted that Gbenga was irresponsible and kept beating her at the slightest provocation.
The respondent, however, prayed the court not to dissolve the six-year-old marriage for the sake of the children.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbenga, a mechanic, had claimed in the suit that Fatimah was troublesome and had been threatening his life.
He alleged that he moved out of his matrimonial home because Fatimah threatened to kill him with a knife.
The petitioner said she was no longer interested in the union.
The Court President, Phillip Williams, said that the court would do its best to save the marriage.
He adjourned the case until May 2 for further hearing.