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Court dissolves marriage over religious differences

ABEOKUTA— A 19-year-old marriage was Monday, dissolved by the Abeokuta Grade 11 Customary Court in Ake, due to religious differences between the couple.

The 38-year-old wife, Rhoda Oladipupo, told the court that her husband, Sunday Oladidupo, a 44-year-old driver, wanted her to be a traditional worshipper as against her choice which according to her is Christianity.

Rhoda told the court that she was tired of the 19-year- old union, which had produced five children, ages 18, 15, 13, 10 and six.

The complainant said  each time she went to church, she received beating from Sunday, adding that he maltreated her so often because of their religious differences.

She said the situation made her to pack out of her matrimonial home six months ago along with their last three children.

Rhoda also told the court that she had been living within the premises of her church with the children since she packed out.

The woman also alleged that Sunday had come to the church several times to beat her up with little or no resistance.

“He comes here to beat me until he was threatened that he would be handed over to the police by the church,” she said.

Rhoda said the situation was frustrating and tiring and “I have no option but to seek dissolution of the union”.

She, thereafter, appealed to the court to dissolve the marriage.

Rhoda also wanted the court to mandate Sunday to be responsible for the children’s education and upkeep.
The estranged couple had appeared in court on Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and Nov. 19 before today’s final hearing and judgment.

The President of the court, Chief Ishola Fajebe, said he was not happy that the husband was not in court to listen to the judgment.

Ishola said it was evident that love no longer existed between the couple and that their continuous staying together might lead to bloodshed.

He, therefore, dissolved the marriage.

He advised Rhoda to take care of the three children, ordering Sunday to paying N3, 000 monthly for each of the children’s upkeep and education.

He said the money must be paid to the Court Registry as from Dec. 30.
He told Rhoda that Sunday must be allowed to see his children whenever he wished.

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