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“My mother-in-law ruined my marriage”

A housewife has told an Ikeja probate court how her mother-in-law succeeded in driving a wedge between and her husband.

Recounting her experiences, Mrs Nkemkari disclosed to the court that she stopped living with her husband since January 9, 2004 because of the trouble created by her mother-in-law who caused enmity between her and her husband. The husband has however countered her saying that his association with the woman was never formalized.

Presenting a Certified True Copy of their marriage certificate to the court, Mrs Nkemkari countered her husband saying    “This is the Certified True Copy (CTC) of our marriage certificate, the original copy given to us at the marriage registry is with my husband because when he threw me out, he made sure I left with nothing. It is for the purpose of this divorce that I went for the CTC.”

She argued that her mother-in-law was her albatross, who always caused disaffection between her and her husband.

“My mother-in-law while living with us kept malice with me for months and all entreaties to pacify her failed. There was even a day she had a heated argument with my husband and I heard her saying, “Nkem na woman dey rule your life, na woman go ruin your life.”

She argued that unless she is separated by the court, she would continue to suffer in the hands of the husband.

The husband, Mr Alexander Nkemkari, who is the  respondent     told the probate court sitting in Ikeja that the marriage certificate   tendered by his wife   was forged by the petitioner in order to secure a divorce.

Nkemkari, who was represented by a counsel, Mrs. Moyinoluwa Adebayo told the court, presided over by Justice Elfreda Williams-Dawodu that the husband and the wife never conducted any official marriage before they started living together as husband and wife, wondering where the wife who filed the divorce petition got the marriage certificate she tendered before the court. To this end, the counsel objected to the admissibility of the document by the court.

According to the counsel, the certificate presented does not have a CTC stamp on it but rather it is a fresh copy obtained from the registry.

She said : “My lord, in actual fact no marriage took place. I argued that  this is the highest point of forgery. I am objecting to the admissibility of the certificate served on us in this court. If critically observed, you will see the difference. We want the court to know that there are some serious issues but we will only raise them at the appropriate time,” she said.

Further hearing in the matter was adjourned till March 17, 2010.


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