It started with incredible claims and ridiculous counter claims. 80-year-old retired lecturer, Professor Muritala Haroon, told a Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State that his wife, Afsat, still denies him sex. Afsat is 72 year-old mother of six. And they have been married for over 50 years.
At the resumed hearing in the suit, Haroon said: “My wife did not abide by the advice given to her by this court to allow peace to reign by agreeing to perform her wifely duties” The professor’s major complain is that his wife denies him sex by ” locking him out of the bedroom”.
Earlier, Afsat had accused her husband of promiscuity. Specifically, she said the professor had slept with his friend’s wives. ” I can’t have anything to do with him ” she told the Court.
Afsat’s weighty allegation may have raised fresh controversies. The allegation which was contained in her defence is said to have unsettled her husband’s friend and the women fingered in the adultery scandal.
However, Afsat was conspicuously absent when she was called and nobody represented her in court.
The President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, cautioned Haroon to exercise more patience.
“The court will work with the extended members of the family to resolve the matter amicably,” he said.
Odunade adjourned the case until May 17 for further hearing.
Haroon in February filed for dissolution of his 52-ear-old marriage on grounds of sexual starvation and threat to life.
In the petition, he alleged that Afsat was fond of locking him out of the bedroom.
“I can no longer cope with the attitude again. Worst still, she and her relatives want me dead.
“Afsat attempted to stab me. She is misleading our six children. She has turned them against me,” he said.
Afsat had in her reply, rejected the prayer for separation.
“Prof is promiscuous. I can not have anything to do with him because he slept with his close friend’s three wives.
“My lord, Haroon slept with the three wives of the man who acted as an intermediary whenever we had problems,” she said. This may well be an intriguing twist in the messy divorce case and may lead to more crisis and court cases.