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Court dissolves 6-year-old marriage over battery, joblessness

An Agege Customary Court in Lagos State on Wednesday dissolved a six-year-old marriage between Mrs Grace Emmanuel and her estranged husband, Udofa Emmanuel, over incessant battery and quarrels. The president of the court, Mr Phillip Williams, in his judgment, however, admonished them to maintain peace.

Williams told the petitioner (Grace) to allow the respondent (Udofa) an unhindered access to his children. The president also ordered Grace to always ensure she allowed the children to always spend part of their holidays with their father. He said that respondent should go to the Family Court to seek for the custody of the children if he were not satisfied with the judgment.

The petitioner had, earlier, prayed the court to dissolve her marriage to her estranged husband over frequent quarrels, lack of parental care for their children, joblessness and battery. She told the court that there was no more love between them.

“Since he lost his job, he had become aggressive, and showed no more love to me and the children. “He has been uncaring and hostile toward me and our two children,’’ Grace told the court.

The petitioner cited frequent quarrels and battery as the common occurrences in their matrimonial home. Grace said that she had been responsible for the upkeep of the house. “I made several efforts to resolve issues between us but yielded no positive results,’’ she said.

However, the respondent failed to appear in the court during proceedings.



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