By Joy Kaka
Abuja – A Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, on Thursday dissolved a six-year-old marriage between Rahimat Muhammad and Lawal, on grounds of incompatibility.
She said that she married Lawal in 2014, under Islamic Law and they have four-year-old daughter.
The petitioner told the court 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 said the petitioner did not fulfil her promise, saying that the court did not ask her to do so.
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.