“I do not want her anymore as my wife. I caught my wife sleeping with another man in her parents’ house”, Mr. Ojo Joseph, a security man told an Oshodi Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Lagos.
Joseph asked the court to dissolve their 19-year-old marriage on account of the wife’s alleged adulterous act and other irreconcilable differences.
Bola, 38, owned up to a relationship with another man.
She said, “I do not feel loved and cared for again and that is why I decided to date another man who has accepted to take care of me”. “I, therefore, want the marriage dissolved so that I can re-marry someone who loves me and I also want the custody of my children”.
She continued, “Since my husband joined a violent socio-cultural group sometimes in 2008, he had abandoned me and devoted much of his time to the activities of the group”.
“He hardly comes home to perform his duties as a father and a husband as he was virtually living at the group’s office. At a time I started taking his meals to him over there”.
She added that his membership of the group also posed a lot of danger to her. “There are times the group would clash and a rival group would come to our house to threaten us and even damage our property”. Bola said.
The estranged couple got married in 1993 according to traditional customs and the union was blessed with three children.
The court’s acting President, Mrs. R.I. Adetola, ruled that Ojo and his estranged wife were free to go their separate ways.
“Since both parties have agreed to the dissolution, coupled with the fact that they have been separated for over one year and the appeal for settlement has fell on deaf ears, the court hereby dissolves the marriage”, Adetola said.
Adetola, while delivering judgment, referred the parties to the family court for decision on the custody of the children since they failed to agree on who to be the custodian.
She added that any aggrieved party could appeal the judgment within the next 30 days