“I don’t want to die before my time” – Woman begs court to end 32-year marriage


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A divorce-seeking woman, Adebanke Soroye says the continuation of her 32-year-old marriage could end her life due to constant domestic violence from her husband, Mutiu Soroye.

She told a Grade A Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan last Friday during a hearing of divorce proceedings she instituted in November on grounds of threat to life resulting from frequent domestic abuse.

Meanwhile, Adebanke’s 32-year-old son, Sule Soroye, on Friday told the court that his aunt was the brain behind his mother’s decision to file a divorce suit against his father.

Sule, the first child of Mr and Mrs Soroye, made the allegation in his testimony before Mrs M.A. Akintayo, the President of the court.

“My lord, I did my best to talk my mother out of the divorce.

“Both my parents refused. My mother’s elder sister, who herself has an unsettled home, is fuelling the crisis.

“Whereas that woman is managing her own domestic problem, she is busy telling my mother to leave my dad,” Sule said.

When the court asked some members of Soroye’s family to speak on the matter, they explained that Soroye was stubborn and refused to apologise to his wife.

In her further testimony, Adebanke said:” My lord, my husband will not stop beating me.

“I have suffered physical, psychological and emotional horrors in the past 32 years I was married to him.

“I don’t want to die before my time, enough is enough,” Adebanke lamented.

In her ruling, Mrs Akintayo, condemned the couple for not showing good example to their children.

“Sule, I know that you can do this. You must help to reconcile your parents.

“The only way you can do this is by not being disrespectful to either of them.

“You can persuade your mother just like your sister who is in need.

“To Soroye, you must take a positive advantage of this opportunity by mending your bad ways to your wife.

“Just plead with her without revisiting bad memories,” Akintayo held.

The President adjourned the suit until Jan. 27 for further hearing.

Soroye had earlier admitted to beating his wife.


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