Court dissolves 16-year-old marriage

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LAGOS – An Agege Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Lagos also yesterday dissolved a 16-year-old marriage over battery, threat to life and fetish acts by the husband.

The court’s president, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, said that the union of Oluwakemi and Babatunde Akinwunmi had broken down and efforts to bring the respondent, Babatunde, to the court, to defend himself, proved abortive.

“We cannot but dissolve the union because with the evidence given, a life might be lost if the union is not dissolved and judgement given,” he said.

Sokunle ruled that henceforth, the duo should cease to be addressed as husband and wife and should  go their separate ways.

“The custody of the children in the union is granted to their mother and the respondent shall be paying the sum of N10,000 monthly through the court for the upkeep of the children.

“Oluwakemi is ordered to be bringing the children to this court on every last Friday of the month for their father to show his care. The respondent shall also be responsible for the educational and medical bills of the children, Sokunle said.

According to reports, the wife, 38-year-old Oluwakemi, had filed the suit on Sept. 19, seeking dissolution of the marriage. The trader, who lives at 4, Ade-Odu St., Agbado, Lagos, had told the court that she lost two pregnancies as a result of the beating she received from her husband.

“My husband beat me when I was four months pregnant and I lost the baby. “As if that was not enough, I took in again and he beat me when the pregnancy was seven months old.

“I was in coma for three days and the baby was already dead before it was taken out of my womb,” she had told the court.

Oluwakemi had also accused her husband of drinking to stupor and using charms, claiming that she fled from him to save her life. The mother of two, asked for the custody of the children. Babatunde was not in court to defend himself.

Meantime, a Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Agege, Lagos also yesterday dissolved a five-year-old marriage over infidelity and maltreatment of their housemaid by the woman.

The Court’s President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, said that the court could not save the union of  Mr Tope Fasanmi and Zainab, due to irreconcilable differences.

“The court tried all it could to settle the matter but the efforts failed. The custody of the only child of the union, remains with the respondent (Zainab). The petitioner shall be paying her N20,000 monthly through the court for the child’s upkeep.

“He shall also be responsible for the education and medical bills of the child,” Sokunle held.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tope filed for divorce on Sept. 17.

The resident of No. 8, Metal Box Road, Ogba had accused Zainab, 32, of infidelity, insubordination, and maltreatment of their   housemaid.

“I got to know from her text messages that she was having an extra-marital affair with someone; it was also through that message that I got to know that her mother was aware of the relationship,” he submitted.

However,  Zainab, a trader, who lives at 2 Igbowu St., Mushin, said that Tope sought divorce because she stopped giving him money for his business.“I have been with him through thick and thin, but my husband has not been fair to me; he met me a virgin and no man has ever slept with me except him.

“ I don’t have any extra marital affair; instead he does.”

Zainab had prayed the court to save the marriage, saying that she still loved Tope.

Another dissolved over husband’s alleged disrespect for in-laws

AN   Ilorin, an Area Court, yesterday, dissolved the four-year-old marriage of a couple over  the  wife’s  claim of disrespect of her parents by her husband.

The housewife and resident of Sango in Ilorin, Falilat Elepo, had  told the court that her husband, Ismail Alabi,  had  no regard for her parents and was fond of addressing them rudely.

She said: “My husband is too proud  to show respect  to my family members. My husband feels as if he possesses everything on earth.” Elepo cited an instance when her husband deployed abusive language to describe  her mother  when she tried to resolve a misunderstanding. “ He called my mother a witch  and humiliated her in public forgetting the fact that he has his own mother at home as well.”

She told the court that their marriage was contracted in 2008 and had produced one male child aged three years. The complainant prayed the court to dissolve the marriage, saying she could no longer tolerate the insults.

The defendant, however, did not object to the prayer of the plaintiff. “ I  will never allow any external person to interfere in my family affair and this is  what  my wife’s parents are trying to do.”

He urged the court to grant the prayer of his wife, saying:  “Nobody can teach me how to run my family affair.”

The presiding Judge, Mr Ibrahim Abdulquadri, dissolved the  marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff.

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