Court dissolves 9-year-old childless marriage over abandonement

An Agege Customary Court in Lagos State on Friday dissolved the union of one  Deborah Awolope and Ademola Awolope over  abandonment of the woman.

The court President, Mrs Patricia Adeyanju, dissolved the marriage following a petition by Deborah, who accused Ademola of abandoning and threatening her.

“The court noted that the marriage had been burdened by lack of trust and financial stress.

“In view of their insistence on dissolution and living apart for the past four years, the court has decided to hear the petitioner’s prayer for dissolution.

“I advise you to go your separate ways without any hindrance, fear or molestation.

“You are hereby warned not to threaten, insult and abuse each  other’s family, to maintain absolute peace and be law-abiding,” Adeyanju ordered.

Earlier, the petitioner, who resides on Fadahunsi Avenue, Oke-ira, Ogba, Lagos, told the court that Ademola was irresponsible and did not love and care for her.

“I have been the one responsible for the upkeep of both of us since 2016; He has refused to get a job and live up to his responsibility as a man,’’ she said.

The 52-year-old trader told the court that the burden of catering for her household became unbearable and she moved out of her matrimonial home.

She also claimed that her husband insulted her and made derogatory remarks about her.

” l later realized that l am his fifth wife; this made me to finally move out of his house since there is no child between us.

Responding, 56-year-old Ademola, also a trader, however, denied the allegations.

The respondent said that his wife introduced him to a herbalist which he got close to and his wife suddenly became uncomfortable with the closeness.

“l noticed my wife was always unhappy and uncomfortable due to the relationship l have with him.

“I tried talking to her to no avail; later, she moved out of our bedroom to the sitting room for no just cause.

Ademola also alleged that the petitioner lacked respect for him.

“There was a day l passed in front of her shop and she poured pepper on my body,” he told the court. (NAN)

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