My wife conspires with her mother to milk me dry, says a banker in court.

Biliameen Oyesola, a bank employee, has petitioned a Mapo Grade A Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his six-year marriage to his estranged wife, Rofiat, citing alleged continual inflation of commodities purchased for his household.

Oyesola, a father of two who works at a new generation bank, testified in court that his wife frequently moved to her mother’s house whenever she inflated the costs of goods she purchased for the family.

“Whenever I gave Rofiat money to buy any household commodity for the family, she would inflate the price with the connivance of her mother, inflicting untold hardship on me by paying a high price.”

“When I became aware of her actions, I told her she needed to start producing receipts for everything she purchased, but she couldn’t.”

“After our last child was born, Rofiat and her mother inflated the cost of her post-natal drugs, which were prescribed in my absence.”

“I told them to show me the receipts, but they couldn’t, so I decided not to pay.”

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“As if it wasn’t enough, despite my warnings, Rofiat frequently left my house for her mother’s.

“She and her mother believed that by encouraging her to leave me at any time, they could punish me.”

“Many people have intervened, including our Imam, but she has refused to change her ways.”

“In fact, Rofiat and her mother are doing everything possible to prevent me from marrying another wife; whereas they are not allowing me to enjoy my marriage,” Oyesola added in court.

The petitioner asked the court to grant him custody of the union’s two children.

Despite being served by the court bailiff, the respondent was not present for the hearing.

Mrs. S.M. Akintayo, the Court President, delayed the case till August 10 for the start of the defence.

However, Akintayo re-ordered the bailiff to ensure service of the hearing on Rofiat.


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