Court dissolves 6-year-old marriage on grounds of incompatibility

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By Joy Kaka

Abuja – A Grade I Area Court Kubwa, Abuja, on Thursday dissolved a six-year-old marriage between Rahimat Muhammad and Lawal, on grounds of incompatibility.

Muhammad, who resides Kubwa, Abuja, had prayed the to dissolve her marriage to Lawal, on grounds of incompatibility and lack of love in the union.

She said that she married Lawal 2014, under Islamic Law and they have four-year-old daughter.

The petitioner told the that she could no longer take care of the respondent the way Islam permits her to and urged the court to grant her prayer.

The respondent, a civil servant, however, said he had thought about it and agreed for her request to be granted.

He further said that Muhammad promised to bring his daughter to for him to see her before travelling, because he works Kogi State and was about to return.

He said the petitioner did not fulfil her promise, saying that the did not ask her to do so.

The respondent pleaded with the to order the petitioner allow him see his daughter before travelling adding that he was not interested collecting the bride price of N15, 000.

Presiding judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, dissolved the marriage and ordered the petitioner to observe “Iddah” which is a waiting period to observe her three month menstrual cycle before contracting another marriage.

Adamu said the respondent still had a right over the petitioner during the Iddah period saying that if she is seen with a man at this time, she can be charged for enticement.

He also ordered the petitioner to allow the respondent see his daughter before he returns to work.

” I want u to continue to imbibe a good relationship and understand yourselves, because u are only separated legally but still have a child together, but the custody lies with the mother for now till the mother gets married, ” he said.