Court dissolves 22-year-old marriage
By Seye Fakinlede
An Akure Grade A Customary Court has dissolved a 22-year-old marriage between Mrs. Biola Jimoh, 42, and Mr. Wasiu Jimoh, 48,on the grounds of ill treatment, cruelty and lack of affection.
The petitioner, Biola, had earlier approached the court to dissolve the marriage because she could no longer continue with the union.
When put on oath, Biola told the court that her estranged husband always fought and beat her over trivial issues, while she accused him of witchhunting her soya milk business by inviting flies.
The petitioner, however, prayed the court to grant her the custody of the children.
The respondent, Mr. Wasiu Jimoh Williams, admitted the claim that he drinks, but he said not to stupor and denied the petitioner’s claim of witch hunting her business.
He stated that the petitioner became a nagging wife and quarrelsome, shortly after he converted into christianity from Islam while she also denied him of her marital obligation.
In his judgement, His Worship, Akinleye Akinseye held that “it is obvious that the marriage has failed and broken down irretrievably, since both parties have accepted to go their separate ways.
Adedeji granted the custody of the second and third children: Sukura Jimoh,( 14), and Naufisat Jimoh ‘7’ to the petitioner, exempting the first child, who is 20 years old.
Akinleye, therefore, dissolved the marriage and ordered the respondent to pay N10,000 monthly allowance to the court registry for the children’s upkeep.
The respondent, he said wiil also have free access to the children during reasonable hours of the day, adding that both parties shall be responsible for the children’s basic needs.