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Court dissolves 21-year-old marriage over frequent battery

A Customary Court sitting at Mapo in Ibadan, on Tuesday dissolved a 21-year-old marriage between one Omotayo Ayodele and her estranged husband, Isaac for plunging her into indebtedness and incessant battery.

Omotayo, a resident of Sanyo-Odo Oba area in Ibadan, had told the court that she was calling it quit with her husband because she had no peace of mind in the marriage.

“For 21 years, I have been in the bondage of Isaac due to his inhuman treatment to me.

“After he was sacked from his job, I acquired a motorcycle for Isaac on hire-purchase, but he ran away and refused to pay, leaving me in a huge debt.

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“Aside from raising five children with him, I cannot point to any achievement or progress I have made.

“Besides, Isaac usually beats and inflicts injuries on me, and also refuses to cater for the five children.

“In fact, he has resolved to threatening to bath me with acid anywhere he sees me,” Omotayo said.

However, her husband pleaded with the court not to dissolve his union.

He argued that his wife was good to him, but suddenly became adulterous soon after he lost his job with a popular Nigerian bank.

“I permitted Omotayo to be selling foodstuff in a motor park, but she started sleeping with different men there and she got me hire-purchase from one of her concubines.

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“Then, that secret lover of hers began to threaten me with thugs and also threatened me on phone.

“It was just once that I had ever beaten Omotayo and the reason was that she deliberately aborted the last pregnancy she had with me,” Isaac stated.

Delivering judgment, the President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade held that Isaac could not justify the reason why the marriage should not be dissolved by his ‘reckless’ behaviours.

Odunade consequently terminated the union in the interest of peaceful living and awarded custody of the five children produced by the union to the plaintiff.

He ordered the respondent to pay a total of N25, 000 as the children’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to being responsible for their basic needs, NAN reports.

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