In a desperate bid to pay his wife’s bride price 10 years after impregnating her and luring her into co-habitation, Ekwene Itba is planning to sell one of his children to pay the bride price, a divorce-seeking woman, Esther Itba, told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan yesterday.
“My Lord, I kept on worrying him to pay my dowry until we had three children, but he refused until recently when he sought my approval to allow him sell one of our three children to pay the dowry and formalise our marriage,” she said.
Esther told the court that Ekwene made love to her sometime in 2007 and also impregnated her with a promise to pay her dowry later.
“I thought he was joking, but he kept on asking me to allow him sell one of our kids if I wanted him to pay the money. Also, I shouldered alone all the responsibilities for the feeding, school fees and other expenses of the three children.
“I, therefore, urged the court to dissolve the union because I can no longer trust him following his plan to sell one of our children,” she said.
The husband denied the allegations, saying he had paid the dowry and also formalised his union with Esther.
He, however, objected to the dissolution of the marriage, saying “I do not want the children to suffer.”
President of the court, Makaila Balogun, adjourned the case till September 6. (NAN)