An embattled 53-year-old woman, Ethel Amagala, has dragged her husband to court seeking divorce on the grounds of abandonment, infidelity, lack of love and threat to life.
“My husband constantly tells me I’m old.” she said:
Narrating to the court how she met her husband over 27 years ago, she said:
“When he was studying at the Teachers’ Institute in Bayelsa, he did not have money to take care of the family; I was frying and selling chips in Bayelsa and even borrowed money for his studies.
”When we had our first child, it was my elder sister who paid for the hospital bill and took care of me and the baby for three months.
The situation remained same until 1991 when he took up an appointment with the NNPC, as a manager. Now, he decided to marry a younger woman and calls me a witch saying I am old.”
She further claimed that her husband constantly beats her, leaving her with injuries.
She said: “He had one day threatened me with a knife in the presence of our tenants who rescued me as he would have stabbed me with the knife.”
Her husband, Mr Emmanuel Amagala however, denied the allegation of assault story on his wife but told the court he abandoned the house he built and decided to live alone in a rented apartment because of her incessant nagging attitude which he described as unbearable.
The Judge however asked the couple to go home and make their marriage work.