A 51 year old Nigerian, whose wife has sued for divorce and is bent on leaving him, has asked an area court in Tudun Wada,Mararaba in the central state of Nasarawa, to order her marry a virgin for him.
The demand was made by Mohammed Audu in the divorce case before the Grade 1 Area Court sitting at Aso Pada.
Audu said he was ready to divorce his 25 year old wife, Maryam, only if she could marry a virgin for him.
He made the request when the Presiding Officer, Malam Danladi Musa, asked the couple if they had resolved the issues that made the wife file for divorce.
The couple told the court that they were yet to settle the issue.
Audu, however, told the court that he had requested the persons who stood as their guardians during their marriage to come from the village to talk to his wife.
“They told me on phone that they will be coming next week to settle us. I, therefore, urge the court to give me one last chance to settle the matter,” he pleaded.
The wife, however, objected, saying that marriage guardians were not the ones who would make her to stay with her husband.
“All I want is the dissolution of this marriage. Their coming will not change my mind and desire for divorce,” she insisted.
Following the objection raised by the wife, the presiding officer asked Audu what he wanted the court to do since his wife has insisted on divorce.
Audu said that he would want the Islamic procedure of divorce to be followed in the matter
“I want `Khuli’ (dowry) from her. I want her to marry a young virgin girl for me to replace her. This is because she was a virgin when I married her,” Audu told the court.
After listening to their arguments, Musa granted Audu’s request for more time to settle the matter, and adjourned the case Oct. 14 for final settlement.
Maryam had filed the divorce suit last month, seeking the dissolution of their 16-year-old marriage.
She alleged that her husband had on several occasions announced that he had divorced her.
“Just recently, he alleged that the children stole his N100,000 and he invited the police to arrest, torture and detain them.
“He also threatened to arrest me because he said I conspired with the children to steal his money,’’ she said.
Maryam said she could no longer stay with a man who would call the police to arrest his children and wife.
The mother of five told the court that the money was later found in the husband’s wardrobe, and urged the court to separate them.
“He usually insults me, calling me unprintable names and also claimed that the children we have are not his.
Audu had pleaded with the court to give him time to settle with his wife, saying that he still loved her.