Court dissolves 19-yr-old marriage over threat to life

IBADAN – Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of  a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the  19 – year-old marriage between one Kehinde Anthony and husband, Samuel,  over threat to life and irreconcilable differences.

Odunade said that the court had no other option than to dissolve the union as a result of irreconcilable differences.

He ordered  that the petitioner and the respondent  be separated.

Odunade, however, awarded custody of the children produced by the union to the petitioner and directed the respondent to pay N10, 000 monthly as  feeding allowance for the children.

The arbitrator also ordered the respondent to ensure adequate provision  for the  welfare and education of the four children.

Earlier, Kehinde had told the court that her husband was “wicked and irresponsible.’’

“My lord, Samuel has never lived up to his responsibility as  a husband and father  because he keeps evading  his responsibilities at home.

“I have to work extra hard to feed and send the children to school.

“In fact, Samuel constantly subjects  me to battering  which has adversely affected my health,” Kehinde said.

In his response, the respondent agreed to the divorce  request of the petitioner although he  denied all the allegations levelled against him.

“My lord, Kehinde is a blatant liar who derives pleasure in packing in and out of my house on yearly basis.

“I am not surprised by her leaving our matrimonial house  because she packs out of my house every now and then, it is her attitude.

“For no reason at all and  at her convenience, Kehinde leaves the home and this is due to her constant visit to unholy places and people such as witch  doctors.

“Worse still, Kehinde  recently inflicted a very serious injury on me after she and her concubine attacked me.

“Unknown to me, she was in a romantic relationship with the person she introduced to me as pastor.

“The man sometimes mediated between Kehinde and I whenever we had misunderstanding.

“After they both attacked and injured me, they reported me at a police station telling lies against me.

“However, the police later found out that the man and Kehinde were indeed dating each other.

“It was in the process of her movement from one church to another and  one fetish centre to another that she usually encountered  problems,” Samuel said.

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