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Man seeks end of 5-yr-old marriage over neglect

A 66-year-old man, Alaba Aribisala, has asked an AdoEkiti Customary Court, to bring to an end his 5-year-old marriage to his wife, Adenike, on grounds of lack of care.

Aribisala, who resides at No.13, Egbewa St. , Temidire Quarters, Ado-Ekiti, premised his request on the ground that since 2012 he started living with his wife, she had not shown him love and care.

He alleged that Adenike often prepares food for their twins and refuses to provide his own meal, adding that the respondent does not clean the house nor wash his dirty clothes.

Aribisala, who is an elder at the Mountain of Fire Ministries, explained that whenever he corrected the respondent over her negative attitudes, she would start cursing him.

He maintained that he no longer loves the respondent and urged the court to dissolve the marriage.

Going further, he urged the court to award the custody of his four- year- old twin children, stressing that he would provide N3, 000 as monthly feeding allowance and would be responsible for their education.

Th e respondent, Adenike, 37, a tailor, denied all the allegations brought against her by the petitioner (husband).

She told the court that when she met the petitioner in 2012, she agreed to marry her and he rented a twobedroom apartment and they were both living comfortably.

Adenike further said she often prepares food for him and washes the petitioner’s dirty clothes.

She denied ever cursing the petitioner or show any disrespect.

Th e respondent told the court that since giving birth to the twins, the petitioner had failed to care and provide for her welfare and that of the kids.

She alleged that her husband was in the habit of visiting diff erent prophets and herbalists to provide solutions to his business challenges.

According to the petitioner, “on one occasion the petitioner told me that a prophet said that I was responsible for the problems that he was facing in his business.

” Adenike, however, absolved herself of any complicity in her husband’s business challenges.

She told the court that the petitioner was violent and often physically abused her, after which he would order her to pack her belongings out of his house.

Th e respondent said that the petitioner had been threatening her life but she was just enduring the suff erings in his house.

She therefore, prayed the court to award the custody of the children to her and requested for N20, 000 as monthly feeding and welfare allowance for the children.

She agreed with the petitioner for the dissolution of the union, but appealed to the petitioner to give her more time to get a good accommodation.

Th e President of the Court, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, after hearing from both parties, adjourned the case until Oct.

26, for judgment

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