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Ekiti Customary Court dissolves 11-year-old marriage


Ado-Ekiti – An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Thursday dissolved an 11-year-old marriage between Mr Victor Olalekan and his wife, Precious.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the marriage was dissolved on grounds of frequent fighting, threat to life, adultery and destruction of properties.
Precious, 32, who is the petitioner in the matter, resides at Oshodi road, off Oke-Ila-Afao road, Ado-Ekiti.
She told the court that there was a time they had an argument and her husband beat her, leaving her with injuries on parts of her body.
The complainant also told the court of another time when her husband’s brother invited her for house warming and when she told her husband, he did not allow her to go.
The refusal of her husband not to attend the house warming, she told the court led to another crisis, when her husband beat her and she was hospitalised.
Precious, who is a mother of one, said that whenever they fought, her husband will throw her belongings out of their matrimonial home.
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Besides, she said that her husband always returned home late and that he impregnated a lady who gave birth to twins.
Precious said that when she packed out of the house, her husband later came to her new apartment and harassed her.
“He told me to remarry another man, after then he threatened to kill me if I marry another man in the presence of his parent,’’ she said.
But the respondent, Victor, 34, denied all the allegations levelled against him.
However, he admitted beating his wife once because he saw her picture snapped with another man in a photographer’s shop.
“When I travelled out of the country, I told her to take care of my parents because of their health condition, but later heard that she left them.
“But when I asked her why she did that, she told me that she cannot eat the type of food my parents were eating,’’ he said.
The President of the Court, Mrs Akomolede Olayinka, said that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.
Olayinka ruled that the custody of the only child should be awarded to the father, while he should be responsible for the child’s feeding and school fees.
She also ordered that both parties should maintain peace and granted the petitioner access to see her child. (NAN)

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