By Ayodele Popoola & Adebola Ariyo
A Customary Court sitting in Akure, has dissolved a 10-year-old marriage between a businesswoman, Iyabo Faloye, and her husband, Adeniyi Faloye, over unforgivable lies and irreconcilable differences.
The court president, Mrs Josephine Yemisi Wewe, dissolved the union on grounds of incompatibility and irreconcilable differences between the couple.
The court held ” The fact that the respondent has admitted the dissolution of the marriage, the law requires no further prove than to grant the relief sought,
“The customary marriage between the respondent and the petitioner have broken down and sought to be dissolved irretrievably forthwith in the interest of fairness, justice and impartiality, she ordered.
Earlier, the petitioner, Iyabo Faloye, told the court that she was married to the respondent and had two children for him. She said the respondent had denied her access to the children.
Iyabo explained that they were living peacefully with each other until when he started suspecting her of having an extra marital affair with one of her customers.
The petitioner said the respondent suddenly promised her a wedding ceremony, in which a date was fixed, but failed to participate financially, adding that he made empty promises.
According to her, the respondent attitude put her and her family into shame after they had fully prepared for the ceremony without knowing he had not even informed his family two days to the ceremony.
“When I knew he was lying to me, I fainted. So, my family decided to plan a low key engagement for us and all my plans for the wedding day was wasted. I felt highly ashamed to call off the wedding,”she said.
The petitioner’s counsel, O.F Falana, prayed the court to grant the relief sought by the petitioner and dissolve the marriage while she should be granted the custody of the two children .
In his defense, the respondent, Adeniyi Faloye, denied all the allegations brought against him by the petitioner.
The respondent also told the court he did not plan a big wedding for her as she designed the ceremony herself.
He said,” Funny enough, she refused to follow me home on our engagement night. She said that I disgraced her and her family by not making the ceremony an elaborate one as she expected.
” Since then, my effort to settle the quarrel proved abortive because of her family involvement.”
He told the court that he set up a big business for her, but still engaged in extra marital affair.
The respondent, who claimed he has never denied her access to her children, did not oppose the the petitioner’s prayer for divorce.
He, therefore, prayed the court to award him custody of their children because he has been taking care of them since when the petitioner intentionally refused to live with him three years ago.
” My children are going to one of the best schools in town and I usually pay their school fees ahead. And they are happy with me.”
Following a private discussion with the children, the court granted the respondent the custody of the children, and ordered that the petitioner has reasonable right of access to them.
“The respondent to continue to be responsible for children’s education and the respondent and the petitioner to be responsible for the general welfare of the children,” the court added.