A man known as Stephen Enebeli mentioned that he will die if he gives money to his wife.
The 55 year told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday that according to his tradition, if a man gives money to his adulterous wife, he will die.
Enebeli said this when he responded to a divorce petition by his wife, Eunice, alleging lack of care for his children.
He said: “I stopped giving her money for feeding and school fees of our children when she started living with another man.
“In my tradition, if a woman marries another husband legally or illegally and the former husband still gives her money for the welfare of the children, he will die and I am not ready to die now,”
According to the man, his wife has already sent him out of their matrimonial home and he is currently squatting with a friend
He said: “Eunice forced me out of her house because I always fight her for leaving the children at home and go to sleep with men. She doen’t show me respect because she is richer than I am and I will want the court to grant me custody of my children as I cannot stand the look of another man caring for my children”
Eunice had urged the court to terminate their 16-year-old marriage for alleged lack of care.
Eunice said: “My husband is an irresponsible husband and father.
“While he was still living with me, he refused to pay house rent, feeding or school fees of the children, I shouldered all the responsibility.
“I bought him a motorcycle in addition to his fashion designing work so that he can be supportive, but he is just lazy and abandoned the motorcycle,”
Delivering judgment, the court President, Mr Akin Akinniyi, said that the petitioner was adamant despite all mediation from the court and family.
“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 pronounces the marriage between Mrs Eunice Enebeli and Mr Stephen Enebeli dissolved today, both parties henceforth ceased to be husband and wife.
“Both parties are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation, the court wishes you well in your new journey.
“The custody of the children should remain with their mother,”