Court dissolves 14-year-old marriage for threat to life

Mr Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Monday dissolved a 14 year-old marriage between Idayat and her husband, Wasiu Amusa, for threat to life.

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Odunade held that if protection of life was important to the court, hence the need to grant the request made by Idayat.

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He, therefore, put an end to the union between Idayat and Amusa in the interest of peace.

The court awarded custody of the last child to Idayat and directed Amusa to pay N4000 as monthly upkeep allowance as well as be responsible for his education and other welfare.

Odunade, however, asked Amusa to go with the first child because she was no more a legal minor.

Idayat told the court that Amusa was doing everything possible to terminate her life through incessant battery and disregard for her position as a housewife.

She said when they married in 2002, she thought that she was going into a home of peace, adding that thing had not been the same from the first pregnancy.

“Even in pregnancy, Amusa does not just beat me, he knocked my head on the wall to expose me to excruciating pains.

“In fact, it usually takes the intervention of my relatives and good neighbours to rescue my life by taking me to hospital for medical care,’’ she said.

According to her, on a given occasion, after battering me, I bled for seven days during pregnancy and he pretended as if nothing happened.

Idayat said that despite the fact that Amusa did not cater for her, he often accuse he of unsubstantiated infidelity.

“As a businesswoman, I received a call from one of my male customers who needed some goods that I just got, Amusa seized my cell phone and wanted to destroy it.

“Then, he descended on me ruthlessly and I was again hospitalised.

“Your honour, ever since I got married to him, his mother had always threatened me that even if I had 200 children with his son, I definitely have no place in his matrimonial home,” Idayat claimed.

Amusa, who did not oppose the divorce suit, could not deny the allegation of battery.

He tried to justify his action by alleging that Idayat was such an irresponsible housewife.

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