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‘My problems started when I conceived for him’

A troubled seamstress, Bolanle Ogunsanya narrated her ordeal in the hands of her husband to an Alimosho Grade ‘B‘ Customary court recently. She said tearfully that her husband suddenly became her enemy when she got pregnant.

In her testimony before the  Court,   Mrs Bolanle Ogunsanya said her estranged husband, Yekini Ogunsanya decided to abandon her after having a baby for him.

The court however separated them on the strength that their marriage has broken down irrevocably.
Bolanle, the petitioner in the suit, had informed the court that she ignored her parents repeated warnings not to marry the man who later turned out to be her tormentor.

She said : “As a result of the  opposition to our marriage by my parents, I ran to Lagos with my husband to start life afresh.. I only sought their forgiveness later through my maternal aunt, who resides in Lagos after I was delivered of the only child of our relationship.”

She said in her testimony that she was shocked on arrival in Lagos to discover another woman that another woman was living with the man.  She revealed to the court that upon investigation, she discovered that the said woman had already had two children for him.

“That night, when I discovered this I cried like a baby, because one of the reasons my parents objected to the relationship was that I hardly knew the man I wanted to marry. I was deceived because he portrayed himself as a gentle man, so I couldn’t see beyond what he told me,” she added.

She disclosed that by the time she decided to opt out of the relationship it was too late for her because she was already carrying his baby. The news of the pregnancy according to her was the beginning of her woes.

“Immediately I gave him the news that I was pregnant  his attitude changed towards me. He stopped giving me feeding allowance and anytime I complained about his behaviour he beats me up and most times I ended up in the hospital.

In his response to the allegations, Yekini told the court that all the testimonies were false. He did not however oppose the dissolution of the marriage.

The court president, Mrs. Abigail Olatunji said there was no need to sustain the marriage because things had fallen apart between the couple. The marriage was dissolved with right of custody of the child granted to the petitioner.  The Court President ordered that the respondent pay N2,000 monthly for the upkeep of the child even as he was granted unfettered access to the child.


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