A 56-year-old driver, Oluse­gun Agogo, on Wednesday asked an Igando Custom­ary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 19-year-old marriage because his wife encourages their children to steal.
He said that his wife, Olufu­milayo, with whom he had two daughters, fights him whenever he tried to discipline his daughters for stealing.
“My daughters, aged 18 and 14, have penchant for stealing and my wife does not allow me to beat or punish them.
“There was a day I came home and met Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) members disciplining my daughters by asking them to stool down.
“When I asked what their of­fences were, I was told that they stole N50, 000 from a woman four houses away from ours; the money was recovered from them. When they came in, I wanted to beat them but my wife did not allow me.
“My first daughter once stole my phone from where I was charg­ing it. When I asked my wife and daughters for the phone, they de­nied taking it. So I assumed some­body from outside must have sto­len it. Some days later, I heard my phone ringing in my daughter’s room. When I rushed there, be­hold she was receiving a call with the phone. She had destroyed my SIM card.
“Stealing is in my daughters blood, they duplicated my room key without my knowledge and stole my N100, 000 that I collected from “Esusu’’ savings.
“On another occasion, they stole N20, 000 from me and I stopped bringing money home, because most times, I come home to meet my room ransacked. Last month, they stole my two phones from my room while I was sleeping. Up till now, I have not recovered them.
“I can no longer walk freely on the street because of my daughters’ behaviour,’’ the estranged husband stated.
The petitioner said his wife once accused him of stealing N40, 000 from her.
“Once, my wife accused me of stealing her N40, 000; she hit me with a big plank, I dodged it from hitting my head but I sustained in­jury on my wrist from the plank.-The Authority