A retired depot manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Chief Afam Uzowulu, has challenged his wife, Mrs Chinyere Uzowulu, for issuing a divorce paper and her refusal to vacate the house alongside the their three children.
The wife who alleged the vandalism of their family house by her husband revealed that she was challenging his divorce and eviction from the house with her children in court.
Chinyere, who live with her husband in a duplex located at No. 1/3 Uzowulu Street, New GRA, Enugu, explained that the case was pending before the Supreme Court in suit No. SC/CV/895/2020.
Chinyere giving an account to the destruction of her residence in a matter before the court regretted that police aided the thugs who carried out the vandalism in her absence on Friday, December 18, 2020.
She noted that she did not have any police case with her estranged husband and the house she lives in with her children was a family residence and “we are presently in the Supreme Court over the house and divorce.”
She explained that all of this started when Afam voluntarily left the house in 2012 “after demanding for 50 per cent of my earnings as a condition for peace.”
“When I refused, he went to court for divorce and to eject his three kids and I from the house. I opposed it because I contributed financially to the building of the house. I am also challenging the divorce and his sending of the kids to the street,” she added.
The mother of three added that after a stay of execution from a lower court judgment, her belongings and those of the kids were allegedly destroyed and looted by her husband.
“I am calling on the Enugu state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is the chief security officer of the state, and civil society organisations fighting for the right of women and children to come to my aid as the police in the state have compromised and allowed his impunity to continue. My life and my children’s lives have been exposed to danger,” she lamented.
Afam confirming that he carried out the vandalism of the house said she refused to leave the house after the court judgment.
“I sued her for a divorce and to vacate the house, and the court ruled in my favour. Since the judgment, she has refused to vacate the house. Although the court granted her custody of the children, she cannot stay with them in my house. So, I went to enforce the judgment of the court and take possession of the house,” he stated.
Afam answering if he knew about the stay of execution, said, “I know she has gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the lower court, but she has yet to obtain the stay of execution. So, I applied for an execution order and the Chief Registrar of the Customary Court of Appeal refused to approve the execution and didn’t give me any valid reason for not signing the order. In the absence of a stay of execution order, I had to use every available means to execute the judgment of the court.”