A woman, Nnenna Osu, has begged the Customary Court in Nyanya, to dissolve the marriage between her and her husband, Frank Osu, over alleged beating and abandonment.
The woman, a hairdresser, accused her husband of subjecting her to physical abuse reminiscent of a child’s punishment.
Nnena told the court, “My husband always beats me whenever we have a little misunderstanding. He uses a cane to beat me like a child, leaving lots of bruises on my body.”
Furthermore, the woman accused her husband of borrowing a sum of N350,000 from her, promising to repay the loan but abandoned her and their children and left the country.
“My husband collected my money and traveled out of the country, leaving me and our children helpless.
“When I called him, he said I should move on with my life. That he has found a better wife over there, and that he has moved on,” Nnenna lamented in her petition.
In her plea to the court, she sought custody of their children and requested the dissolution of the marriage. Additionally, she urged the court to order Frank to provide a monthly upkeep of N50,000, along with covering their school fees.
The respondent was notably absent during the court proceedings.
The presiding Judge, recognising the gravity of the matter, adjourned the case until February 1 for a comprehensive hearing.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 5,081 persons were killed in Road Traffic Crashes, RTCs, across the country, in 2023.
The figure represents a 21 per cent reduction from the 6,456 persons that died in road traffic cashes in 2022.
The Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali-Biu, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja, during a media briefing to mark the end of the Corps’ Operation Zero Tolerance, conducted nationwide.
According to him, the adoption of a comprehensive approach by the Corps led to the 21 per cent reduction in RTCs.
Ali-Biu added that from January to December 2023, the Corps ensured upward mobility in the mobilisation of human and material resources to achieve maximum impact.
“On annual performance, from January to December 2023, the Corps recorded a tremendous reduction in road crashes, fatalities, as well as injuries when compared to the data obtained in 2022.
“From January 1 to December 31, 2023, a total of 10,617 RTCs were recorded across the country. This figure is against 13,656 of 2022 which represents a 22% decrease.
“Also, 2023 records reveal that 5,081 people were killed against 6,456 in 2022 representing 21% reduction, while 31,874 victims got injured in 2023, against 38,930 in the year 2022 signifying 18.1% decrease,” he said.
The FRSC boss said that the figure of RTCs and attendant fatalities was unacceptably high in spite of the decrease.
On enforcement of traffic offences, Ali-Biu said 1,159 motorists were convicted in 93 special mobile court sessions conducted across the country