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Court Dissolves 17-Year-Old Marriage Over Alleged Threat To Life

An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court has dissolved the 17-year-old marriage between Oyewole Yinka and her husband, Idowu over alleged threat to life.

Another ground for the dissolution was frequent fighting, alleged ‘fetishness’ and lack of care for her and the children.

The President of the court, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi on Friday, held that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.

Yinka, 43, a resident of No. 19, Dallimore, Ado-Ekiti, told the court that they always fought each other on the issue of food and whenever she denied him of sex.

She said that despite that she used her money to cook, he would complain that the food was late.

She also said her husband did not take care of her and the children.

She said that her husband once told her when she had the fourth pregnancy that he would use the baby for money ritual after delivery.

The petitioner said that sometimes in 2013 her husband woke her up at midnight and told her not to leave him because he would make it in life through her.

She said she left his house with the children and relocated to Port-Harcourt for her prophetess ministration.

She, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage and award her the custody of her children because their education was most important.

But the respondent, Idowu, 41, said they never fought each other over sex.

He said that his sister and Yinka conspired during their visit for Christmas holidays and travelled to Port-Harcourt without his knowledge.

The respondent said he had been taking care of her and the children until 2013 when she left his house with the children.

He denied discussing using their child for money ritual.

Ogunsemi awarded custody of Tosin, 16, and Temitope, 12, both male to the husband, and Adejoke, 14, Blessing, nine, and Ayomide, seven, all female to the wife.

He also ordered that the husband should pay N2,000 as monthly upkeep allowance on each of the female children.

He also granted both parties access to see their children.