By Bamidele Kolawole
A Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Akure, sitting at Oke-Eda, has dissolved a 6-year-old marriage between one Mr Babatunde Yusuf and his wife, Aanuoluwapo Akinmade, on grounds of treat to life and frequent fighting.
Earlier, the petitioner, Yusuf, had approached the court for the dissolution of his union with his estranged wife, alleging her of treat to life, frequent fighting, lack of respect and abuse.
The 50-year-old petitioner, who is a driver told the court that he was no longer interested in the union.
He pointed accusing finger at the woman, saying she had become something else as she did not respect him as husband.
The petitioner added that the respondent had not been cooking for him, but always provoking him at home, stressing that he could not cope with her behaviour any longer.
He urged the court to grant his prayer, saying he has fed up of the union.
The respondent, Aanuoluwapo Akinmade, admitted that the petitioner was her husband of 6 years and that the marriage was blessed with two children.
But she denied some of the allegations leveled against her.
She told the court that the petitioner was not a good husband and father to his children. She said the man failed to pay his children school fees since last session.
She prayed the court to grant her husband’s request. But she asked for custody of the two children of the marriage, aged 5 and 3, because they are both female.
In her ruling, Magistrate Josephine Wewe, dissolved the marriage on the grounds that the parties have lost interest in the union.
Wewe noted, “It is on record that both parties have consented to the dissolution of the marriage and also the respondent has asked the court to grant the petitioner’s prayer for divorce.
“In view of this, the court has no other choice than to grant the petitioner’s prayer for divorce. The marriage is hereby dissolved.
“The custody of the children should be reverted to the respondent, and the petitioner has the right to visit his children at anytime without any embarrassment.
“Yusuf shall pay the respondent a sum of N20,000 for accommodation annually and a sum of N15,000 monthly feeding allowance for the children to the respondent.
“These payments as outlined above should be remitted through this court.
“Both parties are allowed to appeal against this judgment within 30 days from June 27.”