by Reuben Daba
A Lagos woman, Taiwo Ogunrinde told an Agege Customary Court that she had had enough of her eight-year marriage and wanted out because her husband, Adeloba Ogunrinde is a thief. The court agreed and separated the couple.
Taiwo alleged that her husband stole the proceeds from her kerosene and recharge cards business. She insisted that continuing in that marriage would simply ruin her life and business.
Gradually, according to her, the business was going bankrupt because her husband had a notorious habit of pilfering the little money she made from it. She claimed that the business was an inherited one from her mother who wanted her to be able to make ends meet. Unfortunately, she said her husband did not want her to progress and stole from it instead of contributing to it, hence making her a debtor.
She said her husband never gave her feeding allowance and hardly paid up to a quarter of her children’s N40,000 school fees, which prompted her to pack out of his house as the burden was too much to bear.
Adeloba however denied his wife’s allegations, claiming that he had been paying N25,000 school fees, and N10,000 monthly feeding allowance.
In its ruling, the court said that since it could not force two unwilling adults together, it had no choice than to dissolve the marriage. It ordered that custody of the children should remain with Taiwo, while Adeloba would pay N55,000 for education and N5,000 for medicals.