May 17, 2017

‘After drinking to stupor in a hotel, my wife abuses my father and calls him by his name’

An Iletuntun Customary Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday dissolved a 15-year-old marriage between Lateef Saburi and his wife, Kafilat, over the latter’s drunkenness, adultery and rudeness.

Saburi, a businessman, had sued for divorce, citing adultery, rudeness and drunkenness.

“My lord, my wife is adulterous; she is always found in hotels and guest houses.

“My friends have met her at different joints and reported to me. I have tried to reform her, but she is beyond redemption.

“Recently, after drinking to stupor, Kafilat abused my father and directly called him by his name.

“That was the last straw that broke the Camel’s back because the entire members of my family concluded that she must go.

“I informed her parents and relatives of her waywardness, but even their intervention did not change her,” Lateef told the court.

Kafilat, however, did not deny any of the allegations against her.

She gave her nod to the divorce, but told the court that Lateef was “a very wicked husband, who usually beats me at the slightest provocation”.

“In fact, we were expelled from a rented apartment because of his violent attitude toward me.

“Lateef abandoned me and our two children. I did not know where he was and was shocked to discover, on his Facebook platform, that he has married another woman,’’she told the court.

Mr Henric Agbaje, the President of the court, in his judgment, granted the application for the divorce and effectively ended the union between Lateef and Kafilat.

“Granting the divorce will forestall any unforeseen circumstances because this marriage has broken down irretrievably,” he declared.

He granted custody of the second child of the union to Kafilat because he was still underage, while Lateef was granted custody of the first child.

Agbaje ordered Lateef to pay a monthly feeding allowance of N5,000 for the upkeep of the child in Kafilat’s care.