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Court dissolves 18-year-old marriage over starvation

An Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos State, yesterday, dissolved the 18-year-old marriage between a transporter, Mr. Idowu Adekunle and his wife, Oluwatoyin, over ‘food starvation.’

Granting Adekunle’s prayers, the court’s President, Mr. Olu Adebiyi, said that all efforts by the court and family members to reconcile both parties had failed, as Adekunle insisted on divorce.

He ruled: “From today, you cease to be husband and wife. This court will rest further deliberations and declare free divorce to both parties. The petitioner should pay the child feeding allowances of N10,000 on monthly basis through this court, and should also be responsible for the child’s schooling and hospital bills.

“He should also pay compensation and accommodation fees of the respondent, while the custody of the only child remains with the wife till the determination of the family court. Visitation right is granted to the petitioner at any reasonable time of the day.”

Adekunle, who resides at 6, Gbola Akinpelu St., Ikorodu, in his petition, told the court that his wife, who is a beautician, was in the habit of starving him of food.

Oluwatoyin, in her response, did not deny the allegation, but asked the court to plead with her husband, saying she would amend her ways as “I still love him.”

The wife said she stopped cooking for her husband because she would have slept off before he arrived home.



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