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Court dissolves 12-year-old marriage over frequent beating

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ILE-IFE – An Ile-Ife Customary Court in Osun State on Thursday dissolved a 12-year-old marriage between Sidikat Akinrinmade and his wife, Akinwumi over frequent beating.
The Acting President of the court, Mr Olubunmi Adegoke, held that Akinrinmade was not ready to reconcile with his wife because he had another wife in a rented house.
Adegoke said the respondent was no more interested in the first marriage again, and advised him to be more patient with his other wife so as have a happy home.
He dissolved the marriage and ordered each to go their separate ways, and awarded custody of the child to the mother for proper monitoring.
The acting president also ordered that the father should pay N3,000 monthly upkeep for the child and should be  responsible for her education and hospital bills.
Sidikat, a hairdresser, who lives at 2, Iyekere Street, Ile-Ife, had sued for divorce citing frequent beating, provocation, threats to life and lack of care from her husband.
She told the court that they got married in 2002 and the marriage was blessed with a 10-year-old child, Funmilayo.
Sidikat said her husband forced her to pack out of her matrimonial home between 2005 and 2010 and later they reconciled.
The petitioner said Akinrinmade had continued to maltreat her after the reconciliation, adding “I can  no longer continue with the marriage because Akinrinmade lacks care, trust and he threatens me often.
“I cannot continue to live with my husband because he has refused to  allow me to work and  he has not shown any love and care to me and my child.
“He has beaten virtually all members of my family, even demolished my father’s house, sat on my stomach the last time he beat me and this had given me internal problem.
“He packed my load out of his house on May 23. Presently,  I am living  with my parents.
“The love is no more there, please dissolve the marriage for the security of my life,’’ Sidikat appealed to the court.
She, however, pleaded with the court to grant her the custody of the child so that she could take proper care of her educationally and morally.
Akinrinmade, a truck driver, admitted the allegation, and accused his wife of keeping two concubines, being too stubborn, disrespectful, provocative and not contented with all he did for her. (NAN)
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